The Daily Star reports that QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to invest some of the club’s Championship victory play-off payday bonanza into bringing about a reunion with Glen Johnson.
Having worked with the Liverpool and England man at West Ham and Portsmouth, Redknapp is hoping to take advantage of the right-back’s contract situation at Anfield and convince him to join the R’s fight against relegation next term; a battle they’re priced at 2/1 to lose.
Johnson has 12 months to run on his current contract with the Reds, but has so far failed to agree a new deal, with Brendan Rodgers apparently unwilling to succumb to his demands of a three-year extension worth £120,000-a-week.
The Merseysiders are looking to draft in a left-back and have tabled an offer for Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno.
Should they conclude the deal, Jon Flanagan reinstated to his preferred position on the right-hand side of defence, whilst simultaneously paving the way for Johnson’s departure.
The R’s 2012/13 Premier League relegation can be attributed to signing too many household names with nothing to prove, preferring to collect their fat pay packets than scrap for survival.
Hastiness has cost them the services of Phil Bardsley and Billy Jones already this summer; two seasoned, budget-friendly full-backs who may not be as talented as Liverpool’s number two, but would’ve guaranteed the unwavering commitment to the cause that was absent in the Super Hoops’ previous top-tier tilt.
Given the club’s well-document financial plight, either of these alternatives would’ve made much more sensible signings than Johnson, read on to discover two more who Redknapp should be considering:
The former Sheffield United starlet is slowly realising his top-level potential, starting 19 league games at Tottenham last term.
However, he still remains an understudy to former apprentice and namesake Kyle Walker at White Hart Lane and would surely be open to move on the grounds of regular first-team football.
Domestically, he averaged 2.7 tackles and 2.3 clearances in 2013/14 and would be a hit at Loftus Road.
A consistent performer in the Southampton defence, the former Crystal Palace academy product found himself sidelined for a good chunk of last season to cater for the development of latest Saints wonder boy Calum Chambers.
Assuming the youngster is afforded more time on the pitch once the action is underway again, Clyne could be one of the first-teamers the St Mary’s side would be happy to let go.
Diligent in defence, the 23-year-old exhibits all of the attacking acumen require in modern day full-backs, racking up four assists last time around and making 1.1 key passes per outing.
It’s also worth noting that neither player has been relegated from the Premier League, something that cannot be said of preferred target Johnson.