Feb 1 2013 By Paul Warburton
QPR were hit with a double whammy when they tried to sign Tottenham winger David Bentley before Thursday night’s deadline.
The 28-year-old (pic) was meant to be reunited with Rs boss Harry Redknapp, but Bentley’s £50,000-a-week wages and the non-arrival of striker Peter Crouch from Stoke derailed the loan deal.
Rangers still took Jermaine Jenas on an 18-month contract, and Andros Townsend on loan from White Hart Lane, but Redknapp missed out on a hat-trick of signings, as he admitted.
“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.”