The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HARRY Red­knapp has claimed that Ravel Mor­ri­son can have the same im­pact as Paolo Di Canio – but he still ad­mits he’s tak­ing a gam­ble on the West Ham mid­fielder.

QPR boss Red­knapp, who man­aged Di Canio at West Ham, in­sists the club are do­ing all they can to se­cure a loan deal for the ex-Manch­ester United and Eng­land U-21 star, who is rarely far from con­tro­versy.

Rangers have strug­gled for goals so far this sea­son with just 36 in the Cham­pi­onship but Red­knapp be­lieves Mor­ri­son’s ar­rival could open the flood­gates.

“I’ve al­ways had some­one in my teams who can change a game,” he said.

“I had Di Canio and I had Mer­son at Portsmouth. I’ve had some­one spe­cial who can turn a game for you.

“I thought the other day we dom­i­nated (the 1-0 de­feat to Derby) but Ravel may be one of those lads who can do that for us. It is a gam­ble for us.

“I think he has fan­tas­tic abil­ity and if we get the best out of him he can make a real dif­fer­ence. As far as I know he is fit to play.”

The west Lon­don club have no fresh in­jury con­cerns for the clash with Read­ing and could hand Modibo Maiga his first start, with Ju­nior Hoi­lett and Jer­maine Je­nas both bat­tling for a place in mid­field.

Rangers came into the weekend in third po­si­tion, three points off a pro­mo­tion spot and Red­knapp be­lieves it his side can ill af­ford to drop many more points.

“We will have to be pos­i­tive and make a fast start but Read­ing are a good side so it will be some con­test,” he added.”

TALENT: Ravel Mor­ri­son


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