QPR fear they will struggle to buy anyone in the January transfer window – even if they threw tons of cash at it.
Boss Harry Redknapp admits salvation in the form of new faces will almost certainly come in the form of loans, with Jermain Defoe top of the list.
Even then, the former Tottenham forward’s £90,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block in bringing him temporarily over from Toronto FC.
The Rs manager insists other clubs clawing tooth and nail for success in whatever form will produce a very barren January.
He added: “I don’t see us spending. Where do you find people in Jan? It's not easy.
“Who is going to sell? People are either fighting to win the league or make the Champions League or Europa League, or stay in the league. No one on the Premier League is suddenly going to let you have a good striker.
“So you have to go abroad, and it's all a gamble isn't it? To buy someone in January is very difficult.”
Even though GetWestLondon revealed defender Richard Dunne would like to see deals wrapped up for loan players Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla, there is no chance of that either, according to Harry.
Vargas celebrated the birth of a little girl last Friday hours before the club were due to face Newcastle that saw the Chile international miss the 1-0 defeat at St James’s Park.
Both he and defender Isla are inked in for a return against Leicester tomorrow. But both will have to wait until the end of the season before any permanent deals are brokered with their Italian parent clubs.
“Eduardo’s very happy with the baby. He has had a little girl, and it's good for him,” Redknapp said.
“But we won't be able to do anything in January. It'll be a case of seeing where the club is then.
“You have to make sure you stay in the Premier League first and that’s the key.
“Do that and you can look at the end of the season, but it doesn't look like it could be done in Jan."
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