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Redknapp won't break bank for Anelka

ESPN staff
December 21, 2012
Harry Redknapp is eyeing new signings © Getty Images

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in bringing Nicolas Anelka back to west London if the financial package that he wants is 'reasonable'.

Anelka, 33, left rivals Chelsea to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua this time last year but following a pay dispute looks likely to leave in January. A number of English clubs, including West Ham, are keen to sign him and Redknapp has confirmed he wants to bring him to Loftus Road.

"He is a player that is of interest to anybody,'' Redknapp said. "I think he is finishing in China so he is available. It is what you can do, whether you can afford these players, what they are looking for, whether they are reasonable, whether you can deal with them and most importantly whether you think they can do the job you want.

"He is a top player so he is a player we would be interested in, but whether we could afford to get anywhere near him I am not sure. I think the chairman knows Nicolas' people and that so has got a few details on what it would be.

"It depends, as I say, just how expensive the whole package comes to. If it is within reason, he is a player that could certainly improve your team. There is no doubt about it.''

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