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So long, QPR. But is Harry going down with you?

QPR say goodbye to Premier League football. And if I was a betting man, I’d say that it will be highly unlikely that Harry Redknapp will be managing QPR – or indeed any team – in the Championship next season. The London side may have been relegated yesterday, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Harry won’t be going down with them.

The 66-year old is a fine manager. Premier League material and has the potential guide any club in the right direction. Why didn’t it work at QPR? Redknapp himself admitted that some of the high-paid players were the subject of jealousy from some other players causing a division.

“There are splits in the camp,” he said. “I’d be liar if I said there wasn’t, it’s been obvious for everyone to see all year. It’s a problem”.

Though Redknapp has given interviews about the future with QPR in the Championship, I would be highly surprised if he does down with them.

So if he leaves Loftus Road where could he go?

Well at this time we can only speculate, but I’d keep a close eye on what goes on at St James Park. Following Newcastle’s 6-0 demolishing at the hands of a Suarez-less Liverpool on Saturday – the Magpie’s heaviest home defeat in 87 years – current boss Alan Pardew even admitted that his future is completely out of his hands.

If Pardew’s time with Newcastle is up, would it be the perfect replacement for the club to install Harry Redknapp as new boss. Don’t be so surprised if that happens.

Then again, the game in England is predictably unpredictable. Harry wouldn’t end up at Chelsea and The Special One could go to Arsenal or Liverpool? Surely not? You never know – who would have thought that Rafa Benitez would one day manage Chelsea?

 

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Beckham's French surprise and Odemwingie's madness

No footballer ever praises the mid-season transfer window. Managers also hate it and even club owners want rid of it. I don’t know if it’s a good idea myself, but I can’t deny how entertaining it can be – especially on January 31st. Last Thursday proved to be extra entertaining.

It all started off fairly regularly. Mario Balotelli finally completed his move to AC Milan after the Italian club’s director leaked details of the transfer earlier in the week. Luchiano Becchio left Leeds for Norwich City with Welsh international Steve Morison heading in opposite direction to Elland Road. David Beckham signed for newly-rich Paris St Germain and the former England captain announced that he would donate his entire salary to a local children’s charity. A nice touch, Becks!

As the day progressed, big moves such as Christopher Samba joining QPR from Russian outfit Anzhi and Nacho Monreal joining Arsenal were the other big headlines. That was until one Peter Odemwingie turned up at Loftus Road all on his own in his Range Rover. His window was down and as he was shaking hands with fans and talking to Sky, but it soon became apparent that Odemwingie didn’t have a deal with QPR. We know this because West Brom issued a statement soon after the striker was seen on live TV: Odemwingie was a West Brom player and no deal had been reached for QPR to sign him.

The Uzbek-born Nigerian was in fact denied access into the stadium by officials of the London club once lawyers were getting involved, as Odemwingie had no permission to speak to QPR. Bizarre? Yes. But there’s more. The 31-year old later said “I came to this club (West Brom) in a wholly unprofessional way. I wasn’t given any permission by Lokomotiv Moscow”. If Odemwingie is going down, it seems he’s taking everyone with him.

I’ve no doubt that a deal had likely been agreed in principle. Only it probably broke down when, if Odemwingie had left the Hawthorns for Loftus Road, it would have left West Brom in need of a replacement striker at the last minute. But for it to be handled so poorly, and in public, is one of the most bizarre things that can happen. Like it or not, the transfer deadline day always seems to create a surprise or two.

So what's next for Becks?

After five years, David Beckham‘s stint with US soccer has come to a close with the Englishman playing his final game last weekend for his LA Galaxy side in the MLS Cup final against Houston Dynamo. His time stateside hasn’t been a failure. He still clearly has the ability to play at the top level and win trophies. His two loan spells with AC Milan were successful too. But whether Beckham succeeded in that task of changing the face of US football is up for debate.

But the real question is now what next for ol’ Goldenballs (yes…it was a cheap gag, but I had to do it). The former England captain did state that he was looking for “one more challenge” at this late stage of his career. Could he be talking about the English Premier League? Well, ‘Arry Redknapp is rumoured to want Becks at Loftus Road and into his QPR side. Could he perform at the Premier League’s extremely high standards almost a decade after leaving it for a galactico-filled Madrid team.

Beckham has also been linked with a move to Australia’s A-League as well as the attractive tax-free principality of Monaco and their famous Ligue 2 side. Like Los Angeles, they are fantastic locations and I don’t know how either could be seen a challenge for Beckham’s footballing career at this point in his career? Perhaps PSG, who have been chasing Beckham for some time now, would be a good club to join. It would be more ideal given how eager the Parisian side are for Becks as well as a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti. (Plus – the location would keep Posh quite entertained too)

Wherever Beckham goes to see out his career, I hope it’s the right choice for him. I’d personally love to see him play Champions League football again. Good luck to you, Goldenballs, erm, I mean David.

Transfer deadline day chaos (or the lack of it)

Ah, the last day of January. A day many spend the evening by staring at Jim White and his colleagues on Sky Sports News for the usual drama of transfer deadline day. Last year Andy Carroll joined Liverpool for an astonishing £35 million and Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £50 million. Social networks went crazy that night. What could happen tonight? Will Chelsea make another massive signing? Could Gerard Pique (and girlfriend Shakira) make Manchester their new home? Could Carlos Tevez join Liverpool and then Everton only moments later? Will it be the most exciting day in footballing transfer history?

The answer is…no. The day hadn’t quite the excitement as last year’s for the average footie fan. But it did have some interesting moves that will no doubt make an impact at certain clubs. One of these clubs is of course QPR. Having already captured Nedum Onuoha (Man Citeh) and Taye Taiwo (AC Milan), they signed Bobby Zamora (Fulham) and Djibril Cissé (Lazio) to strengthen Mark Hughes’ side. Throughout January, they more or less bought half a team.

Zamora joins the R's

Meanwhile ‘Arry Redknapp (who is not a “wheeler-dealer”) brought Everton’s Louis Saha to White Hart Lane on loan for the rest of the season with Steven Pienaar going back to his former club also on loan.  Everton did also complete the £5.5m signing of Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. Speaking of Spurs, their out-of-favour striker Roman Pavlyuchenko left to join Lokomotiv Moscow in his native land. Elsewhere, Man City landed Chile midfielder David Pizarro on loan from Roma for the rest of the season as did West Brom, for our very own Keith Andrews from Blackburn.

There was some interesting moves elsewhere in Europe such as this and this, but overall it could be considered a fairly quiet one – certainly by English standards with “only” £55.1 million spent by Premier League clubs this deadline day. Last year it was £215 million. Maybe at the next transfer deadline day, on the last day of August, it might be even less? Who am I kidding…Man City and Chelsea are still around, aren’t they?

Anyway, throughout the entire month of January, some of the best signings in my opinion have been:

  • Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls to Arsenal (loan)
  • Carlos Kameni – Espanyol to Malaga (free)
  • Maxi Lopez – Catania to AC Milan (loan)
  • Gary Cahill – Bolton to Chelsea (£7 mil)
  • José Antonio Reyes – Athletico Madrid to Sevilla (€3.5 mil)
  • Moussa Sow – Lille to Fenerbahce (€15 mil)
  • Nicolas Anelka – Chelsea to Shanghai Shenhua (undisclosed)
  • Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy to Aston Villa (loan)
  • Amauri – Juventus to Fiorentina (€500k)
  • Alex – Chelsea to PSG (€5 mil)

Any other good transfers missed this month that is worth mentioning? Leave a comment or hit me up on twitter.

Panic on the streets of North London: Transfer deadline day madness

The summer transfer window is over! You can switch off Sky Sports News now. You don’t have to refresh the live updates from the web every 5-10 seconds anymore. Relax and let’s have a look back at some of the big movers of the last 24 hours.

We’ll start with Arsenal and the pressure on gaffer Arsene Wenger to strengthen his side after that result against Man United last week. Luckily last night he did. Having brought in young hot prospects such as Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier in the month, just last night experienced midfielders Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta became Arsenal players along with German defender Per Mertesacker and Brazilian international André Santos. Hopefully the Emirates faithful won’t witness another 8-2 defeat too soon with these reinforcements.

With Benayoun out of Stamford Bridge, Liverpool’s Raul Meireles was on his way in. A shame for many Koppites. I am not sure if they same can be said for Joe Cole who went on loan to Lille, who are like a French West Brom. But many can be pleased with Craig “remember my golf club celebration” Bellamy‘s return to Anfield last night – the Welshman is still pretty brilliant it must be said.

The best of enemies: Riise and Bellamy at Liverpool, post golfing.

Mikel Arteta’s departure from Everton is a massive blow for the toffees. It really is. But the arrivals of Real Madrid’s rapper and occasional defender Royston Drenthe and Argentine striker Denis Stracqualursi (who recently scored a hat-trick against giants Boca Juniors in their own back garden) will ease that blow.

Elsewhere, Crouchy made his way to Stoke City while Scott Parker was ‘Arry Redknapp’s signing of the day. QPR signed both Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright-Philips where they’ll be joined by twitter fan and Morrissey disciple, Joey Barton.

And in Europe, with Samuel Eto’o’s multi-million euro move to Russian side FC Anzhi (the Cameroonian will make a mere €20.5 a season!), Inter Milan acquired the serviced of one Diego Forlan for a the bargain price of just €5 million as well as Lazio’s Mauro Zárate for only €2.6 million.

"It's an absolute life-long dream to be here in...where am I again?"

Finally, one of my favourite transfers of this window has, as of yet, not actually happened. Former Spanish international and Valencia legend Vicente (now a free agent) is being chased by none other than Brighton & Hove Albion. Nobody has signed anything yet but fiestas and fallas in the Spanish sunshine couldn’t be as appealing as Sainsbury’s crisps in a rainy English seaside town?