Friday, 10th January, 2014

Queens Park Rangers have thrown their hat into the ring for striker Ishak Belfodil just a day after Parma threatened to scupper his loan deal from Inter Milan to West Ham.

Belfodil's temporary move to Upton Park had been all but sealed, with only Parma left to give their assent given they own half of the player's rights.

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Parma are asking for €3.5m to sell their 50% stake in Belfodil, who has found game time hard to come by at Inter.

That demand is threatening to derail proceedings for West Ham, and QPR boss Harry Redknapp has now jumped into the running.


When asked about his interest in the Algeria international, Redknapp told a press conference today: "He's one that we've looked at, yeah.

"He's a player that we've been interested in. I know West Ham are interested as well. But I don't know how that's gone on.

"I've not been involved in it. [QPR chief executive] Phil Beard's been dealing with Inter Milan. But how far down the road we are, I really don't know."

Regardless, QPR are in the market for a striker with West Ham's Carlton Cole being linked. Cole is on a short-term deal with the Hammers, but Redknapp is not too excited about that possibility.

Redknapp, whose side lie third in the Championship table, added: "I'm looking at a striker, looking to get a frontman in.

"[Cole] is an option but we have some other options at the moment. And I don't know, West Ham may decide to keep him."

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