Football: His side are unbeaten in 2013 and he witnessed a debut goal for new £8 million signing Loic Remy, but QPR manager Harry Redknapp is not a happy man.
France international striker Remy may have taken just 14 minutes to open his account for his new side, but West Ham United then took control of the game and merited more than a Joe Cole equaliser, his first goal for the club in 10 years after re-signing from Liverpool earlier this month.
Rangers, who are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and four points adrift of 19th-placed Wigan Athletic, could have signed Cole, according to Redknapp, but the QPR board couldn’t get the deal through in time.
Redknapp said: “I could have got Joe. I wanted Joe. I could have had him two weeks before West Ham got him, but we took a long while to get the deal sorted. I was talking to Joe’s people three weeks before West Ham came on the scene, but it dragged on too long.”
A lack of boardroom knowhow in the transfer market is also reportedly slowing down deals for £8m-rated Yann M’Vila and Wilson Palacios. The pair were allegedly meant to be signed in time for the trip to the Boleyn Ground, but various stumbling blocks occurred.
“You need to get deals done quickly,” added a frustrated Redknapp, who also bemoaned his side’s lack of quality in the one-sided draw.
“The longer it goes on the more chance of other people getting involved. People see his name in the paper and think he’s good value.”
For a majority of the game QPR defended so deeply it could have aided their cause to name two goalkeepers in the starting line-up. All Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was catching was hypothermia, as he was a mere spectator for the last 60 minutes.
Sam Allardyce’s team launched 46 crosses into the QPR penalty area and unleashed 22 shots, many of which were saved by Julio Cesar or blocked by either Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen.
“There was one stage when we had four or five shots at once and they didn’t go in,” Allardyce said. “We could have still been doing that at 7pm and not scored again.”
QPR striker Djibril Cisse has joined Qatari club Al Gharafa on loan for the rest of the season.
The 31-year-old will remain with the club, who are managed by former Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin, until the summer.
Cisse has made 21 appearances in all competitions for QPR this campaign, scoring four goals.