Redknapp: “I’ll take Carlton Cole”


Harry Redknapp has admitted he will move in on Carlton Cole if the Irons get rid of the striker at the end of his contract.

The former Upton Park boss admits he’s a fan of the player which is a little odd given that when questioned about the possibility of signing the player back last summer he claimed to have no interest.

But today he claimed: ” “It’s difficult as he belongs to West Ham still. Sam Allardyce has his own problems with injuries and everything there.

“Carlton is a good player and I like him. He is one of many players we are looking at but if West Ham decide to keep him it can’t happen.

“I’m looking for a proven goalscorer and someone who can come in and do the job. You need three or four strikers. That is the key.

“You need strikers. You can take two off and bring two on and you have got options. When you’re struggling with one it’s difficult.

“Tony [Fernandes, QPR chairman] will get on the phone with Philip [Beard, QPR chief executive] and they will do the deals if there are any to be done. I’ll leave it to them really.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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