QPR ponder move for West Ham striker
PUBLISHED: 13:03 22 February 2011
QPR could be lining up a loan move for West Ham youngster Freddie Sears in case they are forced to part with Ishmael Miller.
New West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has not ruled out the possibility of recalling Miller from his loan spell at Loftus Road and, although Rangers expect the striker to stay, they have drawn up contingency plans.
Manager Neil Warnock borrowed Sears when he was in charge at Crystal Palace last season and the 21-year-old Hammers forward is understood to be top of his list if a replacement for Miller is required.
“They can take him back any time, at 24 hours’ notice, so we’ve got to have one or two things up our sleeve, which is what we are looking at,” Warnock told the Times.
“We’re a bit thin at the moment, with Tommy [Smith] injured and Hogan [Ephraim] suspended, so we’re looking at trying to loan other people – probably someone from the Premier League, a younger striker.
“I’ve been told Roy would like to see Miller play. But I think if they were going to play him, they’d take him back – I’m not sure they’d take him back just to put him on the bench.”
Sears, who has also spent time on loan at Coventry and Scunthorpe, has made seven Premier League appearances for West Ham this season and scored in their 5-1 FA Cup win over Burnley on Monday.
Warnock also revealed that the club have not yet received any firm offers to take either Lee Cook or Martin Rowlands on loan.
The QPR boss made it clear last month that Cook, who missed the first half of the season with a knee problem, and out-of-favour midfielder Rowlands, were available for loan deals.
League One side Sheffield Wednesday inquired about Cook prior to the January transfer deadline, but the winger turned down a temporary move to Hillsborough.
The 28-year-old has made just one first-team appearance since returning form injury, in Rangers’ FA Cup defeat at Blackburn, while Rowlands’ most recent outing came as a substitute at Coventry just before the new year.
“Cookie had a back spasm, but he’s come through all right since then and Rowlands has had a couple of reserve games, so he’d be looking to go out on loan as well,” said Warnock.
“We haven’t had any concrete approaches for either of them. There were one or two inquiries before the deadline, but they weren’t what we wanted.
“I would imagine in the next few weeks, as we get to the nitty-gritty of the season, there’ll be one or two clubs looking at them.”
Championship rivals Millwall, whose manager Kenny Jackett has worked with both players in the past, also showed an interest in the pair, but have since signed Arsenal midfielder Craig Eastmond on loan instead.
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