“No wheeling and dealing for me,” insists QPR gaffer

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has insisted that he is supportive of owner Tony Fernandes’ decision to allow the club to only make loan signings during the January transfer window.

Redknapp has gained a reputation of being something of a wheeler-dealer during his managerial career – indeed, the last time the R’s were in the Premier League he spent more than £20 million in January including £12.5 on Christopher Samba – however it seems that the veteran manager has adopted a more frugal approach lately, praising Fernandes for his strategy and warning that spending big is no guarantee of survival.

“I knew things were tight so it is no surprise,” said Redknapp.

“We hold 18,000 people (at Loftus Road) so what can you do? You can’t keep ask people to throw money in; they did their dough a few years ago.

“I understand the situation. It is good.

“We’ve got to be careful haven’t we? I think we will stay up but if the worst comes to the worst you don’t want to leave a situation where you are stuck with a load of players that you can’t shift.

“I had to get rid of 15 the other year and we had to pay half of them up to go.”

After securing the signing of mercurial West Ham forward Mauro Zarate on a loan deal until the end of the seaosn, Redknapp is hoping to add another striker to the ranks of his squad on a temporary basis before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

Rangers head to Turf Moor on Saturday to face Burnley in a crucial Premier League clash, with both sides aiming for three points to alleviate relegation worries.

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