Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has hinted that Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend is in Andre Villas-Boas' plans for the new season, ruining plans to signing the Englishman before the end of the summer transfer window.
Townsend joined Spurs in 2009 but has since spent time on loan at nine different clubs. His latest spell at QPR saw the 22 year old come into his best form and Redknapp has admitted he would like to keep the winger for another season at least as the side fight to get back into the Premier League.
But as Gareth Bale looks set to depart Tottenham and Villas-Boas works to build more depth in the squad Redknapp has predicted that he won't have a chance of bringing Townsend back for a second stint with QPR.
"Andros did great last year but Tottenham don't really want to sell him," he told the Standard. "He's not for sale as far as I know.
"It's difficult. I couldn't see us being able to buy him. I think he'd be too expensive for us.
"But I do like Andros - he'd be brilliant. I'd love to sign him on loan but whether we could do that, I wouldn't bet on it."
QPR have missed out on two Tottenham players now in their search for targets to take the side back into the top flight, with Scott Parker choosing a move to Fulham over relegated Rangers.
Attracting players is no doubt going to be particularly difficult for Redknapp, with Rangers unable to offer Premier League football coupled with reports circulating over unrest between the players off the pitch last season.
But after Townsend starred for the club, spending five months there and being named their Player of the Year, Villas-Boas sees something in the England Under 21 international despite purchasing a number of attacking players in the current window.
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