After guiding QPR out of the Premier League relegation zone, Harry Redknapp began plotting how the Super Hoops will attack the January transfer window.
The former Portsmouth and Tottenham boss has his eye on some short-term loan deals to lighten the workload in the R’s ranks and hopes to procure them from the MLS.
Of the multitude of transatlantic recruits, recently crowned MLS Cup winner Robbie Keane is believed to top Redknapp’s list of potential signings.
He’s quoted as saying:
“The MLS market is one that we’ve got to look at. Robbie’s a good shout – he’s a good pro.”
“He would be the ideal type to have around for sure because he would give us something. I haven’t spoken to him yet, but he would be an interesting player.”
The LA Galaxy striker, who Redknapp paid Liverpool £12m to sign during his time at the Spurs helm, savoured a semi-successful loan spell at Aston Villa during the MLS winter off-season in 2011.
But at 34, it’s possible that Keane may want to use his summer holiday to recuperate, meaning the R’s recruitment division will have to broaden their search for USA-based assets.
Here are three MLS players that would be of service.
The Sporting Kansas City hitman was responsible for 47 per cent of his side’s goals en route to an Eastern Conference play-off defeat to New York Red Bulls.
With 23 in 32 starts, only Bradley Wright-Phillips outscored the former Norwich City youth and his predatory instincts mean he can be depended upon to provide cover for Charlie Austin throughout the hectic winter schedule.
The obvious risk with Dwyer is that he has never sampled professional English football.
Evergreen Nigerian Martins has previous having represented Newcastle for three seasons, as well as a brief stint at Birmingham City.
He bagged 17 in the 2014 MLS campaign and provided another 12.
This equates to 39 strikes he has had direct involvement in, which accounts for 56 per cent of the Seattle Sounders’ seasonal goals.
The versatile Colombian plays primarily as a winger, but has cropped up all over the FC Dallas midfield, as well as up front.
Aged just 22, he has represented Los Cafeteros at youth level and is lauded for his great pace.
With ten goals in 29 starts for the Texans his finishing isn’t too bad either, while three assists is a decent contribution too.