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Dec 22, 2012

Harry Redknapp criticizes QPR's wages

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp launched a scathing attack Saturday on some of the players he inherited from Mark Hughes.

Redknapp, who took over QPR on Nov. 24, hit out at his team after losing 1-0 at Newcastle.

Asked about his plans for the January transfer window, Redknapp said: "I don't want to spend [the club's] money, to be honest with you. There are a lot of players at this club who earn far too much money for what they are; far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.

"I don't really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. There's a lot of agents made money out of them. I fined a player last week and he was earning more than any player earned at Tottenham.

"You shouldn't be paying massive wages when you've got a stadium that holds 18,000 people. [Newcastle] holds 52,000 and most of their players will be nowhere near some of the wages some of the players are earning here."

Redknapp also confirmed that full back Jose Bosingwa had been fined two weeks' wages after refusing to sit on the bench for last weekend's 2-1 victory over Fulham.

"He didn't want to be on the bench and didn't want to be a substitute, so he went home," Redknapp said. "He has been fined two weeks' wages, 130,000 pounds ($210,000). Not too bad for two weeks, decent isn't it? Not too bad for playing on a Saturday, it's okay."

Asked how he might handle a player like that, Redknapp said: "We'll find out in January."

QPR is one of a series of clubs to have been linked with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, whose well-publicised release-clause could spark a scramble for his signature.

But Redknapp said: "We've not got 7 million pounds to spend on a player, I'd have thought."

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