Out-of-contract Manchester City defender wanted by QPR

Joleon Lescott has announced his intention to leave Manchester City this summer, and Harry Redknapp wants him at QPR next season.

The central defender completed a move to the Etihad stadium in 2009, and has gone on to make 158 appearances in all competitions for the recently crowned Premier League champions. However, the 26-time capped England international has suffered a season of discontent in 2014, playing only 10 matches, and he has announced that he intends to leave Manchester when his contract expires this summer.

The defender has proven that he still has the quality to play at the top level, and a move to Besiktas has been rumoured, although in recent days a host of media outlets, including The Star have been announcing a sensational move to Queens Park Rangers could be on the cards - as long as the club secure promotion from the Championship.

The Championship play-off final will be contested at Wembley this Saturday, with Harry Redknapp's side facing Derby County in the final chance for Premier League football this season, and the 67-year old R's boss has already started planning for the new season with potential top flight football. The move for Lescott has come following rumours of another ageing English centre-back heading to Loftus Road - with Redknapp believing Manchester United's out-of-contract Rio Ferdinand to be the perfect signing to survive in the Premier League.

Both moves conform with the recent transfer activity of the club, as a number of former Premier League stars - who are no longer at their peak abilities - have graced the pitch at Loftus Road in recent seasons, with the likes of Robert Green, Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Yossi Benayoun all turning out in QPR's play-off push.

Although on paper the signings of former international players in Ferdinand and Lescott would appear promising, they will only cause more strain on the current financial situation at Loftus Road.

For failing to conform with Financial Fair Play losses, Rangers face a reported £50 million fine in they achieve promotion to the Premier League, or an extended transfer embargo if they remain in the Championship. Both outcomes will cause chaos for club owner Tony Fernandes, who would have to match FFP before the embargo is removed - a process which could take up to the 2016/2017 season.

Promotion to the Premier League would ease the current monetary problems, although the signing of Lescott - who would likely want similar wages to those he received at City - would be another step backwards on the path to financial stability.

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