Should we expect the usual wheeling and dealing at QPR?

After securing a loan deal for West Ham United’s Mauro Zarate on Tuesday, Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers are lining up a few more deals before the January transfer window slams shut.

Redknapp, who’s normally extremely active this time of year, will be keen to bolster his squad to keep Rangers in the Premier League. The R’s have been heavily linked with the familiar face of Toronto’s Jermain Defoe, Chelsea outcast Mohamed Salah and Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson – among others. The QPR boss has always had an eye for a good deal, and he has had the knack of pulling off some memorable signings in the past.

On the field, it’s been a very indifferent season so far for QPR. Rangers have lost every single Premier League away game they have played in since returning to the top flight – but at home they are a completely different animal.

Redknapp’s side have accumulated all of their 19 points at Loftus Road this term. Just two home defeats all season, four draws and five wins, have kept QPR out of the relegation zone going into the new year – although Redknapp is savvy enough to know that his side can’t just rely on their home form.

Striker Charlie Austin has been in outstanding form this season – the 25-year-old has netted 12 Premier League goals in 18 games. The signing of Zarate will no doubt help Austin, and the R’s fans will be hoping they can form a deadly partnership. As for the Defoe deal, that one looks less and less likely as the days pass by – Toronto are looking to recoup most of the £6m they paid for Defoe, making it a difficult deal for QPR to secure.

The 67-year-old has admitted he needs to strengthen, but he’s also gone on record to say that he doesn’t expect any permanent signings – only loan deals. The QPR boss told the Mirror: “We’re not looking to spend. If there’s a loan or two out there we would be interested, that’s where we are at.”

Redknapp added: “We spent some money in the summer, so we’re not that far short. Hopefully we can find another striker to add to the ones we’ve got already, so that’s an area we are looking at. In January it’s always difficult to find players. There will be someone out there that can come and help us.”

QPR are set for a crucial second half of the campaign. Owner Tony Fernandez has pumped an awful lot of money in at Loftus Road over the years, and he will be expecting his club to stay up. If Harry can get his side to pick up on the road, there is no reason why QPR won’t be in the Premier League next season.