‘Seven or eight’ Championship clubs interested in DJ Campbell, says QPR boss Harry Redknapp

QPR manager Harry Redknapp says there are ‘seven or eight’ Championships clubs interested in signing recent Ipswich Town loanee DJ Campbell.

The 31-year-old striker scored 10 goals in 17 games during his recent loan spell with the Blues, but he returned to his parent club last week and started his side’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with West Brom at the weekend.

Mick McCarthy took his number of senior strikers at the club to six last week with the addition of Daid McGoldrick and Aaron McLean on loan, with the two new boys set to battle it out with Michael Chopra, Daryl Murphy, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Jason Scotland for a starting place.

The Blues boss revealed after his side’s spirited 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday that he is still keen on signing Campbell on a permanent basis though.

Boyhood QPR fan Campbell played the full 90 minutes at Loftus Road on Saturday, but he left the Blues saying he would consider a permanent switch to Portman Road having enjoyed his time there.

Redknapp is keeping his cards close to his chest though, saying: “I’ve had seven or eight clubs in for DJ Campbell from the Championship.

“He gives everything. I like him a lot as a lad. He has got a good attitude. He will be handy for us. I wish I had had him here a month ago.”

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Crystal Palace, who are managed by Campbell’s old Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, were again linked over the weekend, while Bolton were previously mentioned as a possible interested party.

McCarthy said: “They might want to keep him – let’s discuss that and get that out the way first. If they don’t want him then we can speak to them about it.”

– Join Stuart Watson for an Ipswich Town webchat at 1pm to discuss loanees, transfers and who should play at Cardiff on Saturday.

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