Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is considering a move for Liverpool right back Glen Johnson, as the player has failed to agree a deal on a new contract.
Johnson has only one year remaining on his deal, and has reportedly asked for a 3 year, £120,000 per week contract to stay at Anfield. Liverpool are not prepared to agree to these demands however, and Harry Redknapp may sense an opportunity to snare the player away from the Premier League runners up.
The transfer would be at odds with QPR’s new stated policy of signing young hungry players, and not paying overblown wages for experienced stars. Redknapp may well feel that Johnson is worth breaking that policy for. However Johnson could push for more money than £120k should he swap Champions League football for a likely relegation battle.
Liverpool will feel they are well equipped to deal with Johnson departing, as they can switch Jon Flanagan from the left to a more natural position at right back, with a new left back, most likely Alberto Moreno, expected to join during the summer.
The move would be an odd one if it comes off, due to Johnson’s Liverpool place being fairly secure, and QPR supposedly more reluctant to pay big wages again, like they did two years ago when they failed to maintain their Premier League status. Johnson would represent an early return to the old strategy of paying a premium for experience rather than the new one of recruiting players with desire and ambition.