Three strikers QPR should target this January

It has been a disappointing return to the Premier League for QPR, currently sitting in 19th place over half-way through the season.

They have struggled in many areas, not least away from home. But apart from Charlie Austin who has 13 league goals, QPR have just managed another 10 between them. Leroy Fer is the club’s second top scorer with three goals and forwards Bobby Zamora and Eduardo Vargas have just a goal each.

Their need for another striker is crucial with manager Harry Redknapp admitting as much. They have been linked with a number of strikers in the past month or so, but here are three they should be looking at…

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch is a striker who has been underrated throughout his career but not by Harry Redknapp. The 33-year old has scored 29 goals in 119 appearances for Stoke and if there is any manager than can the best out of the ex-England man then it is Redknapp himself.

Crouch first played under Redknapp in both their first spell at Portsmouth, and again at Southampton in 2004/05.

Crouch excelled at Southampton, scoring 12 goals but couldn’t prevent relegation so was sold to Liverpool at the end of the season. Harry signed Crouch from Liverpool in 2008 for Portsmouth, before signing him again a year later, this time at Tottenham. He spent nearly £20million combined in these two transfers.

Crouch has always scored goals where ever he has been, particularly when he has had Redknapp as his manager which is why this would be an ideal move for both parties.

Yakubu

The 32-year-old Nigerian striker is another former Redknapp player that has been linked to re-join his former boss. He spent two seasons under Redknapp at Portsmouth, scoring 16 goals in the 2003/04 Premier League season. Yakubu has had spells at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester and Blackburn where he has a tremendous goalscoring record of 112 goals in 277 league appearances.

He was last in England back in 2011/12 for Blackburn, where he scored 17 goals in 30 appearances for a side who were relegated that season. Yakubu has since been plying his trade in China and Qatar where he is still banging the goals in. A natural goalscorer throughout his career, Yakubu might now be 32 but can still do a very good job for his team and could be a very smart buy for QPR.

Demba Ba

Demba Ba

The 29-year-old Senegal international signed for Turkish outfit Besiktas last summer but has been linked with a quick move back to the Premier League.

Ba impressed when coming to England to play for West Ham in 2011, scoring seven times in 12 outings but couldn’t help the club avoid relegation. He then moved to Newcastle where he was extremely impressive, netting 29 times in 54 matches.

Chelsea then signed him in 2013 but he struggled to hold down a regular place so joined Besiktas last summer. He has since scored 16 times in 21 appearances in all competitions but would still be interested in a Premier League move.

He could prove to be an expensive target especially in the wage department but would be worth it. He has a fantastic eye for goal and would work well along side Charlie Austin to help keep QPR in the Premier League.