QPR boss Harry Redknapp admits he is unlikely to sign Mohamed Salah in January unless Chelsea are willing to let him leave on loan.
The Egyptian forward has struggled to cement a first-team place at Stamford Bridge since joining from FC Basel 12 months ago and has been linked with a move away from Chelsea.
Inter Milan were believed to be interested in signing him while there is also interest from Premier League clubs Sunderland and QPR.
Rangers boss Redknapp has confirmed he remains keen but only on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Chelsea are believed to be holding out for a permanent sale of the player they signed for £11million.
“Of course I’d take him on loan but I don’t think he’s available on loan. I don’t think Chelsea would let him out on loan,” Redknapp is quoted as saying by West London Sport.
Another player linked with a switch to Loftus Road is Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who almost joined QPR in the summer before contract talks broke down.
But while reports suggest Redknapp is hoping to strengthen his strike-force this month, he insists he has not made an enquiry about the Iceland international.
“I’ve not asked about him,” Redknapp added. “I never even thought about him until I was just asked about him.”
QPR are back in Premier League action this weekend with a trip to fellow strugglers Burnley. Redknapp’s side are 3.23 to win at Turf Moor while the Clarets are priced at 2.19.