Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey has hinted he is interested in bringing Tottenham Hotspur outcast Grant Hall to the club this season. The centre back played all 90 minutes on trial in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta at Loftus Road, with summer signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas grabbing a second-half equaliser to cancel out Jasmin Kurtic's opener for the Italians.
Ramsey was impressed with the efforts of Hall, who spent last season on loan at Birmingham City and Blackpool, and believes he could come in and challenge the first-team regulars for a place in the Hoops' starting line-up. "He's still a young boy – he's only in his early twenties – and you'd probably look to bring in that ilk of player for the future," he told West London Sport post-match.
"We probably wouldn't be looking to bring him in as our mainstay centre-half at the moment, but it's about competition and people fighting for places and prising their way into the team. We do need to recruit a centre-back. I thought Grant did OK."
Hall is yet to appear for the Spurs first team despite signing from Brighton back in 2012. He had only made one competitive appearance with the Seagulls before arriving at White Hart Lane, and went on to skipper the U21s during his first year in north London.
He was subsequently shipped out on loan to Swindon in League One before last season's efforts with the Blues and Tangerines in the Championship. Having returned to his parent club this summer, Hall admitted in July that he is not part of Mauricio Pochettino's plans at Tottenham and would like to move away to play some regular football.
"I'm fully fit, back in training and hungry to play. I need to get settled at a club and settled off the pitch as well. I wasn't here when the gaffer came in and I haven't been around the club so it's understandable that I'm not really in his plans," he said at the time.
Despite Hall appearing to have no future at Spurs, the club are not full of options at the heart of defence, with new signing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen likely starters following the sale of Younes Kaboul to Sunderland. Federico Fazio is the next option available to Pochettino, while Austrian summer signing Kevin Wimmer will also be hoping to challenge for a place in the starting line-up.