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Redknapp set for transfer talks with Spurs

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is set to hold talks with Tottenham to establish who his former club are willing to part with.
He plans to contact Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who sacked him last June, about the possible availability of a number of players.
Midfielder Jake Livermore, 23, is of interest and it is believed Tottenham are open to offers for the England international.

Redknapp also likes full-backs Danny Rose, 22, and Adam Smith, 21, currently on loan at Sunderland and Millwall respectively, but is not keen on loan signings.
Rose is on a season-long deal at the Stadium of Light but Spurs have an option to recall him this month, while Smith is due to return to north London soon.
But Rangers have abandoned any hope of signing Michael Dawson, who rejected a move to Loftus Road in the summer.
Mark Hughes hoped he would be persuaded to join further down the line and the club subsequently believed the arrival of Redknapp as the Welshman’s successor would boost their chances of attracting Dawson.
However, the defender has had a significant role under Andre Villas-Boas, who may be happy to offload other players.
QPR waiting to discover who Spurs will make available is nothing new.
Ironically, when Redknapp – a friend of former R’s chairman Gianni Paladini – was in charge at White Hart Lane, Rangers’ transfer-window plans frequently hinged on which players he was prepared to let them have.
They were given Adel Taarabt and Kyle Walker and believed they were close to getting numerous other members of Redknapp’s Spurs squad. West London Sport


 Bos ‘hurt’ mystery

JOSE BOSINGWA has sparked more fury at QPR by claiming he is not fit enough to train or play.

The £65,000-a-week Portuguese defender was fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to be a sub against Fulham last month.

He has not trained with the Hoops or played for them since. He has told the Premier League strugglers he has an injury and is unavailable.

But a Loftus Road insider said: “Everyone here is baffled.

“We are all wondering how he could have been injured when he hasn’t even been training.”

Former Chelsea star Bosingwa was handed a three-year deal by previous Rangers boss Mark Hughes in August.

But he angered new manager Harry Redknapp when he refused to sit on the bench in the derby against the Cottagers.  The Sun

nippet quote by Tony Fernandes in Financial Times article re Air Asia
Mr Fernandes retorts that 80 per cent of his time is spent on AirAsia – but admits football is a source of greater worry.
“QPR keeps me awake at night, not the aviation business,” he says.." Financial Times

Jewish Chronicle

Ben Haim joins QPR for rest of the season


By Danny Caro, January 4, 2013

Tal Ben Haim has joined Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.

The Israeli defender has been training with the club since early December and impressed manager Harry Redknapp.

"Tal's a great professional with vast experience and I'm confident he'll be a really useful addition to the squad," said Redknapp.


"His attitude is first class and the fact he can play anywhere across the back four is obviously a big bonus.

"He just wants to play. He's not here for the money or anything like that. He just wants to come in and do his best for the club."

Ben Haim, 30, signed in time to join the QPR squad for Saturday's FA Cup third round meeting with West Brom. He left Portsmouth in August and has not played a competitive game since representing Israel in September.


QPR Official Site

Israeli international pens short-term contract

Tal’s a great professional with vast experience and I’m confident he’ll be a really useful addition to the squad."
Harry Redknapp

HARRY Redknapp has added Tal Ben Haim to his squad ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against West Bromwich Albion.

The Israeli international defender has signed a short-term contract until the end of the season and is eligible to make his debut when the Baggies come to Loftus Road tomorrow.

A free agent, Ben Haim has been training with Rangers for the last six weeks and Redknapp believes his experience and professionalism will aid the R’s squad in the second half of the season.

“Tal’s a great professional with vast experience and I’m confident he’ll be a really useful addition to the squad,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk.

“His attitude is first class and the fact he can play anywhere across the back four is obviously a big bonus for us.

“He just wants to play. He’s not here for the money or anything like that. He just wants to come in and do his best for the club.”

Ben Haim has been handed the number 21 shirt.

A closer look at Rangers’ new recruit…

TAL BEN HAIM began his career with Maccabi Tel Aviv, becoming a reserve player at the age of 16 before going on to become a regular in their first team.

Maccabi won the Israeli Premier League in 2003, with Ben Haim playing a pivotal role in that success. His influence and importance to the team was demonstrated the following season when he was awarded the captain’s armband, aged just 21.

After a further campaign with Tel Aviv, Ben Haim’s talents attracted the interest of Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers and then-Trotters boss Sam Allardyce secured the services of the tough-tackling centre-back on a three-year deal in the summer of 2004.

Ben Haim’s no-nonsense approach quickly made him a popular figure at the Reebok Stadium and his leadership skills once again came to the fore, with him captaining the side in the absence of regular skipper Jay-Jay Okocha.

After three successful years with Bolton, Ben Haim signed for Chelsea on a free transfer in 2007.

However, following the departure of Jose Mourinho and subsequent arrival at the club of Avram Grant, Ben Haim’s first-team opportunities proved limited.

After a year with Chelsea, the Israeli joined Manchester City where he stayed for two years. 

Following a brief loan spell at Sunderland, and keen to play regularly, Ben Haim left the Etihad Stadium for Portsmouth’s Fratton Park prior to the start of the 2009/10 season.

In his first campaign on the south-coast, Ben Haim made 24 appearances in all competitions but his efforts could not save Pompey from relegation.

Ben Haim spent the first half of the 2010/11 season on loan at West Ham before returning to Fratton Park in January 2011. After leaving the club last August, he has been training with the R’s for several weeks under Harry Redknapp.

Ben Haim has made more than 60 appearances for his country and will wear the number 21 shirt for Rangers.

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