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Redknapp admits Rangers missed out on transfer target

Date: 2nd February 2013 at 7:00 pm
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bentley.jpgQPR fans were kept fairly busy inside the Football Transfer Tavern on deadline day, although Paul Warburton of local paper the Ealing Gazette, reckons the club tried and failed to get a new winger signed.

Rangers were linked with a deadline day move for Tottenham outcast David Bentley, who recently completed a spell in Russia with FC Rostov.

It was widely reported that Harry Redknapp wanted to be reunited with the player who he coached at Tottenham, but the wingers wage demands meant a deadline day deal could not be finalised.

“We were going to take three players on loan, and we did a deal with Daniel (Levy, Spurs chairman) on the (Bentley) wages, but then we had other options,” explained Redknapp.

“We were looking at Peter Crouch coming, and Bentley’s a great deliverer of the ball, and that was the thinking behind that one.

“Bentley went to Russia and played out in the middle of nowhere – and it takes some bottle do that, so we wanted him, but his wages were a bit heavier than the others and it didn’t happen.”

Redknapp still completed the deadline day signings of midfielders Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend, but Bentley’s £50,000-a-week wage demands prevented Redknapp making it a hat-trick of ex-Tottenham signings.

The club had already made the £12.5 signing of Christopher Samba on deadline day, in a deal that smashed the clubs wage structure, with the big defender set to earn £100,000-a-week.

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