Dec 21 2012 By Paul Warburton
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NICOLAS Anelka might be known as ‘Le Sulk’ – but QPR boss Harry Redknapp is prepared to ‘bite the bullet’ and sign the tempestuous French striker anyway.
Redknapp needs recruits – and he needs them fast.
According to the man who ended a winless run at the 17th attempt against Fulham last weekend, signing players on the last day of the January transfer window will be too late.
He needs them to hit the ground running and carve out six points every four games from now until the end of the season to save Rangers from relegation.
Into that frame comes Anelka (pic), who even at his latest club, Shanghai Shenhua in China, fell foul of respected rituals at the beginning of a match and reportedly squared up to a fan in a hotel lobby as a result.
Before that, the 33-year-old was sent home in disgrace from World Cup 2010, and not the first time he rowed with a France team manager.
But Harry admits Rangers might have to take what they can get in a January window smeared by lack of choice.
When asked whether Anelka came into the difficult personality category, the Rs manager made it plain he was bracing himself for a few more Gallic tirades if he can get him to W12.
“What do you think? He’s (Anelka) a good player,” said Redknapp. “But it’s very hard to get the full package (of personality and talent). We’ve got to hope they fit in.
“There are lots of players about who have got no personality. I can’t afford the likes of Lampard and Gerrard who train hard, play well and tend to avoid injury.
“The problem is we need to do any business by the start of January – it’s no good waiting until the last day.
“Daniel (Levy, Spurs chairman) will be ringing you up at 10pm on deadline day offering you a three for one deal from those he can’t give away.
“You can’t wait for that, and the QPR chairman knows we have to bite the bullet.”