Redknapp targets Cole and Anelka to aid QPR survival bid

Harry Redknapp will meet with Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes to discuss transfer targets to boost the club’s chances of staying in the Premier League, with the Daily Mail reporting that Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole and former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka are top of the manager’s wish list.

Redknapp is expected to be given a transfer kitty of £10m with which to keep the R’s in the top flight, but is expected to use most of the money to bring in players on loan. QPR already have a large squad after former manager Mark Hughes brought in 12 players in the summer transfer window, while the club experienced a busy winter window under Hughes in January 2012.

Cole had found himself on the fringes of the Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers but has worked his way back into contention in recent weeks, but could still be tempted by a reunion with Redknapp, who Cole played under during his early career at West Ham.

Anelka, meanwhile, is currently contracted to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, whom he joined in January 2012 after falling out of favour at Chelsea. But Anelka is expected to leave the club in the near future and has Premier League suitors, including West Ham, managed by Sam Allardyce, the manager who signed Anelka for Bolton Wanderers.

QPR recorded their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday, two Adel Taarabt goals giving Rangers victory over Fulham in a London derby and taking the side off the foot of the table. The victory came in QPR’s 17th match of the season.

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