Redknapp banks on MLS stars

QPR boss Harry Redknapp hopes to bring in some Major League Soccer players on loan in January with Robbie Keane topping his wish list.

Redknapp will meet with Rangers owner Tony Fernandes this week to trash out a plan to improve the squad which is currently bottom of the Premier League.

The MLS finished last weekend and doesn’t resume until March and many of the league’s top players play in Europe’s big leagues in the off-season to maintain their sharpness. “The MLS market is one that we’ve got to look at. Robbie’s a good shout – he’s a good pro,” Redknapp said.

“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.”

Redknapp signed Keane in 2009 for an initial fee of $15 million when manager of Spurs and made him captain before falling out with the Ireland striker and banishing him to the reserves.

Keane eventually left for LA Galaxy in August 2010 after scoring 15 goals in 52 appearances for the Londoners in his second spell at the club. The Ireland captain scored 22 times in his side’s title-winning campaign in the MLS and enjoyed a productive seven-game spell at Aston Villa in the league’s off-season in 2011.

Former Everton pair Landon Donovan and Tim Cahill are further potential targets for Redknapp in a transfer window in which it is believed he will be restricted to signing players on loan only.

Cahill was a huge success with Everton before joining LA Galaxy. Donovan has just retired from the MLS with the New York Red Bulls but is open to offers to continue his career.

Redknapp will have to battle with Leicester City if he wants to be reunited with striker Jermain Defoe. The 32-year-old is currently plying his trade with Toronto but wants to return to the Premier League.

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