Since the Premier League trap door fell out from under QPR’s feet last season, Harry Redknapp has been preaching about the need to clean up the Loftus Road dressing room and redecorate it with positive characters.
Having already added battle-hardened pros Karl Henry, Danny Simpson and Richard Dunne to his squad, the former Tottenham boss looks set to inject more steel into the Westfield neighbours with an audacious bid for Momo Sissoko.
With the names of some of Europe’s elite clubs lining his CV, Sissoko’s signature would represent a huge coup for the 6/1 Championship title contenders and his experience of playing in the four of the biggest leagues on the continent will surely see those odds tumble.
Whether Redknapp can convince the former Valencia, Liverpool, Juventus and PSG man to join a club that failed so spectacularly to preserve their Premier League status remains to be seen, especially with top flight clubs like Everton providing stiff competition for the midfielder’s services.
However, the chance to play regular football again should represent a huge dangling carrot for the French-born Mali midfielder, who has taken the field in league encounters just 33 times over the past two seasons and has never played more than 26 league games in a campaign during his career.
At the ripe old age of 28 the tough tackler is entering his prime and, provided he stays fit, can be the kind of midfield general that QPR, 8/11 to beat Sheffield Wednesday on the opening weekend, missed so badly during their Premier League troubles and a definite upgrade on the hapless Samba Diakite.
La Liga and FA Cup winners medals and Champions League experience ensure that Sissoko will be a big fish in a small Championship pond at QPR and a potential midfield partnership with Karl Henry is a bruising thought for opposition midfields to comprehend ahead of the new season.
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