QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that he would love to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah this month, although he doesn’t believe that Jose Mourinho is planning on letting the player leave Stamford Bridge.
Speaking ahead of his side’s crunch six-pointer clash with Burnley this weekend Redknapp admitted that Salah was a player he would like to recruit as he looks to beat the drop.
The former FC Basel star has featured just three times for the Blues this campaign, with all of those appearances coming from the bench, and the rumours have inferred that he is looking for a way to prove himself to Mourinho.
Yet Redknapp, although clearly impressed by the 22-year-old’s talents, doesn’t think there’s any chance of him arriving to save the day at Loftus Road, and so hasn’t given the idea much though.
Redknapp on Salah
“[Would I take him?] Of course I’d take him! But he's not available," said Redknapp.
“I don’t think Chelsea would loan him, I’ve never asked for him. I’ve never thought about him until it was mentioned now.
"I don’t think Chelsea would loan him, I’ve never asked for him. I’ve never thought about him until it was mentioned now."
“He’s a very good player but I don’t think we’ll get him on loan.”
Despite appearing to dampen the speculation surrounding Salah’s supposed imminent departure from Stamford Bridge, Redknapp’s quotes don’t altogether lay waste to the theory that Mourinho will look to offer his perennial substitute game-time by sending him elsewhere.
Chelsea are a club who have regularly looked to develop young players through the use of the loan system in recent years, and Salah could benefit in a similar manner to Thibaut Courtois, who returned from his spell at Atletico Madrid to oust Petr Cech from his position.
If not QPR then it’s likely another Premier League club will try their hand for Salah, with Mourinho almost certain to prefer a loan deal that sees him garner experience in England’s top flight rather than in one of Europe’s other major leagues.
That could leave Redknapp clutching at straws as he looks to improve his squad before the close of the January window. West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has already been introduced to the fold to ease the pressure on star striker Charlie Austin with regards to getting goals, but it’s though Redknapp wants another to compete with the likes of Eduardo Vargas.
In that respect Salah would have been an ideal addition, particularly given how his reputation prior to his Chelsea move was one of the most exciting attackers on the continent.