Harry Redknapp denies QPR close to signing Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe

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Harry Redknapp loves a bit of wheeling and dealing. We all know that.

But when asked on Thursday about potential moves to Queens Park Rangers for two of Major League Soccer’s finest strikers, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe, Redknapp was having none of it.

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Ahead of QPR’s clash at Everton next Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) Redknapp heaped praise on the strikers he worked with at Tottenham Hotspur, but said there’s no deal in place to sign reigning MLS MVP Keane from the LA Galaxy.

“Robbie Keane is a fantastic player and is one of the best professionals I’ve ever come across,” Redknapp said. “You’ve only got to look what he’s done in America – he’s gone over there and been the best player in the league. I’ve never made any inquiries for Robbie he belongs to the LA Galaxy and I’m sure they’re not going to let him go. The first I’ve heard about it was in the paper.”

As for Defoe, Redknapp again laughed off suggestions that a deal was in place to bring the English striker back to London after his first season in MLS ended in disappointment with Toronto FC.

“I’ve never spoken to Jermaine about a move,” Redknapp confirmed. “We made an inquiry in the summer because it was too expensive and the club wouldn’t let him go anyway. If it’s an expensive deal it’s not something we would be able to do.”

So, there you have it. Straight from the horses mouth. Whether or not any loan deals for Keane or Defoe get worked out between now and January 1, we will have to wait and see.

Either player would boost QPR’s offensive output but Defoe is the more interesting move as it seems like his time is up in Toronto and the player is desperate for a switch back to the Premier League. As things stand, it seems like TFC’s prized possession is too expensive for QPR.