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QPR boss Redknapp open to Beckham move

ESPN staff
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Harry Redknapp has refused to rule out a January move for David Beckham after taking over at Queens Park Rangers.

Redknapp was appointed on Saturday, following Mark Hughes' sacking on Friday. The former Tottenham boss was in the stands at Old Trafford as Rangers took the lead before losing 3-1 to Manchester United.

With QPR bottom of the Premier League and facing a fight for survival there have been a number of reports about who Redknapp could target in January to strengthen his squad.

And in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live he did not distance himself from ex-England captain Beckham, 37, who has confirmed he will leave LA Galaxy following the MLS Cup final on December 1.

"I'm sure he could still play in the Premier League,'' Redknapp said. "He is a top player and a fantastic person. We had him at Tottenham training and he was amazing around the place, absolute class.

"I haven't discussed it with the chairman (Tony Fernandes) at the moment so we'd have to look at that but David could still certainly be a great asset to anybody, showing people how to train, how to look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none."

Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Michael Dawson and Scott Parker are other names to be linked with QPR, but Redknapp was keen to point out that after the summer spending spree that Hughes embarked on he does not want to bring too many more new faces to Loftus Road.

"They brought a lot of players in during the summer so I don't see an awful lot more coming in in the window," he added. "You can't just keep loading up the squad with more players. If things don't go right you're going to end up being in big trouble financially.

"We are really maybe looking at one or two loans in the window. There's a decent enough squad here but for whatever reason something's wrong.

"The manager's the one who's suffered but to have four points from 13 games is pretty horrendous and the players really have got to take responsibility."

Redknapp is under no illusions about the size of the job facing him if he is to keep QPR in the Premier League. He has previously led Tottenham and Portsmouth away from perilous positions at the bottom of the league, but failed in his bid to lead Southampton to safety eight seasons ago.

"We're deeper in," he said. "We're 13 games gone rather than eight and, let's be honest, Tottenham should not have ended up in that position at that stage because they had a fantastic squad.

"We've got to get cracking quickly. The target is fourth from bottom. We've just got to get out of trouble. Four points from 13 makes it very difficult but we've got to do it."

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