Dec 21 2012 By Paul Warburton
QPR boss Harry Redknapp is targeting a central defender as a January transfer signing with Michael Dawson top of his list.
The Rs boss is worried the two men currently holding the centre together might fray at the edges the more they play in a hectic first month of the year.
Dawson is a primary target as Harry looks to add steel to his side, even though he turned down a switch to QPR in the summer. But the arrival of Redknapp, who he worked with at Spurs, has forced the 29-year-old into a rethink.
Redknapp explained: “Six points from four games has been a great start, but it’s a tall order and we’re short in certain areas.
“You’re not bottom because the team has been that good – you’re there because of what you are.
“The two centre halves have been fantastic, top class – Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen – but they’re 35 years of age and there’s a lot of games coming up.”
The manager admitted that while the likes of the venerable pair bring experience – there are downsides as creaking limbs betrayed this week.
“We only had five from last week’s team that trained on Tuesday,” added Redknapp. “Lots of them have got niggles and knocks and that’s the juggling act with older players.
“You’ve got to keep them wrapped and ready for Saturday. If you kill them off during the week – then you’re struggling.”