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Inside Lane: Will Harry succeed in raiding Spurs for his former favourites?

12:15 29 November 2012

Queens Park Rangers' manager Harry Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers' manager Harry Redknapp

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Tottenham blogger Alan Robins examines Harry Redknapp’s chances of signing Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson and Scott Parker in January.

Harry Redknapp has only been at QPR for a few days, but the speculation has already begun – will he raid Spurs to sign some of his former players and, if so, who?

This will undoubtedly continue until the end of the January transfer window and, irrespective of intent, the speculation – which so far surrounds Michael Dawson, Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe – may have an unsettling effect on the players.

As to the likelihood of the transfers happening, I don’t believe a word regarding Defoe. Having had trust placed in him by Andre Villas-Boas – as opposed to Redknapp, who benched him for much of last season – Defoe has responded with goals, earned a regular first-team starting place and would surely see QPR as a step down.

With Adebayor probably away on Afcon duty in January, it is difficult to see Defoe going anywhere unless stupid money is offered.

The chances of Dawson and Parker leaving may be more borderline. Dawson nearly joined QPR in August and has generally struggled to get game time under AVB, the perception being that his pace is unsuited to the high defensive line.

However, Dawson performed well against West Ham, with any lack of pace being covered by Lloris’ speed off his line.

It is possible to see a place for him throughout this season, with AVB using him in Europe and to an extent in the Premier League – probably against the more stereotypical English centre forwards, such as Andy Carroll.

But QPR need a leader on the pitch and Parker would certainly fit the bill. Having missed the season so far through injury, the 32-year-old has seen Sandro make the defensive midfield role his own.

Another player in that mould is needed, as cover for the Brazilian or alongside him, but is Parker starting to feel the years of putting his body on the line?

He is a class player, but if QPR came in with an offer of around £4million, would Spurs be tempted to take the money?

After all, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy did not originally want to sign the ageing Parker, and needed plenty of persuading by Redknapp.

Parker and Dawson might leave, but replacements would be needed. And when January targets were being planned, if this scenario was not considered, would their sales be agreed, given that other areas must be prioritised?

We’ll see in January. COYS

Follow Alan Robins on Twitter @harrison0908

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