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Redknapp scotches Salah rumours

Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah "is not available" for a January loan, according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp also said he had not even considered trying to bring in the Egypt international, scotching rumours linking QPR with signing the out-of-favour forward this month.

The Hoops boss, who is still looking for another striker despite the arrival of West Ham's Mauro Zarate, also rejected any fresh interest in Ajax forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, while confirming QPR were only looking at loan deals in the January window.

"Of course I would take him (Salah) on loan but he is not available," said Redknapp of the Egyptian, who has been limited to just seven Stamford Bridge appearances this term.

"I don't think Chelsea would loan him, I haven't thought about him, he's a good player but I don't think Chelsea will let him go.

"We're only looking at loans really, a couple of loans, that's where you're at.

"You can only take two loans from this country so we haven't got an awful lot left up our sleeve, it's difficult.

"We'd like to have another (striker) if possible, it would help.

"It was quite a while ago that we made an approach for him (Sigthorsson).

"So there's nothing happening there, no."

Redknapp admitted QPR's tricky battle to boost their Premier League survival fight in the January transfer window when limited to loan recruits.

Argentinian forward Zarate has made the switch from West Ham vowing to "show what I can do" after being snubbed by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce said Zarate was "not good enough" after falling behind Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll in the Upton Park pecking order.

Former Velez Sarsfield star Zarate is yet to deliver on high promise in a turbulent career that includes spells at Birmingham, Lazio and Inter Milan.

Redknapp, though, said he had no qualms recruiting a player who had struggled for starts at West Ham, hailing the 27-year-old's talent.

"We hope he comes in and does well for us: he is obviously a player with bags of ability," said Redknapp.

"Sam has got Valencia, Andy Carroll and Sakho scoring goals for fun as well as Carlton Cole, so I could see what Sam was saying that they are flying so he couldn't get in his side.

"My situation is different, I have Charlie (Austin) and Bobby Zamora as two out and out strikers, so it's different when they have four and we have two.

"Hopefully he can come in and make an impact."

Driving rain flooded QPR's Harlington Sports Ground training pitches on Thursday, but Redknapp sent his players out for training undeterred.

"The groundsman is saying the pitch is all under water so we only have about a 10-yard strip to train on, so it is not easy," said Redknapp.

"We haven't got anywhere else, it's a problem.

"It's not ideal when you have pitches that flood when it rains heavily.

"We will go outside and splosh through the puddles if we have to - we are training outside whether they like it or not.

"We'll go out there for sure."

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