Rumour Mill: QPR to offer Karl Henry as part of deal for Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer
The latest chapter in Leroy Fer’s summer of speculation has seen the Sunday Mirror suggest Queens Park Rangers will offer a swap deal to Norwich City for the midfielder.
The Holland international capped a summer which saw him score on his World Cup debut, before picking up a hamstring injury, by getting married at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich yesterday.
But while his personal life looks stable, his professional life still seems unsure, with national newspapers also recently linking him with moves to Southampton and Sevilla.
The Sunday Mirror are claiming that QPR are keen to sign the 24-year-old this summer, as manager Harry Redknapp looks to strengthen his side ahead of the their return to the top flight.
The newspaper claims that Redknapp hopes to use former Wolves midfielder Karl Henry as a makeweight in the deal for Fer, who City signed from FC Twente last summer for a fee of around £4.5m.
That means the Dutchman still has three years to run on his contract with the Canaries, meaning Redknapp would still need to pay plenty of money, if City manager Neil Adams was interested in adding Henry to his squad.
With destructive midfielders Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey already on board, it is debatable that Adams would see the 31-year-old as a worthwhile makeweight in the deal.
However the Mirror claim Redknapp already had one bid for Fer turned down last week and claim the former Spurs boss wants to add another six players to his squad before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
“We are still short, we have two strikers. We have Bobby (Zamora) and Charlie (Austin) but it is taking time. Hopefully in the next week or so we can put that right,” Redknapp is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
“We need some players there is no doubt about that, you can play any system you want but it takes a few good players, which we are short of, to make the difference.
“We’re trying to get things done, Tony (Fernandes, QPR owner) knows that obviously. You can’t go into a season with two strikers, Bobby is an off-the-bench man now and he knows that after what he did last season in the play-off final.
“We need a couple of midfield players. And we need a number 10.
“We need to strengthen the squad for sure. If we can get good loans we will take them, but they have to be better than you already have, that’s the key.
“We need a bit of quality, it is going to be a tough division this year. And we need that little bit of quality to keep us in there.”