QPR target former Liverpool and United stars for Prem campaign

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp may be interested in recruiting a couple of players he worked with earlier in his career.

With Queens Park Rangers' last minute victory over Derby barely done and dusted, it's not surprising to see reports linking Harry Redknapp to a number of high profile signings for their coming Premier League season.

Famed as a wheeler dealer (though don't ever say that to his face), Redknapp has built up a wide network of contacts and former players in his 30 plus years in management.

With the Hoops facing financial restrictions as a result of the Football League's FFP rules, it is likely that whatever transfers Redknapp pursues may be as carefully chosen as possible.

With a whole host of Premier League stars being released by their clubs this summer, it doesn't take long to pick out a clutch of particularly notable names that have history with the former West Ham United manager.

The Mail links both Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole to Redknapp's QPR outfit, with both players available on free transfers from Manchester United and West Ham respectively.

Ferdinand's 12-year-stay at Old Trafford came to an end recently, and a defender with his experience would be a vital addition to the QPR back line next year. The 81-cap ex England man emerged from the West Ham academy under Redknapp and went on to prove himself one of the most gifted defenders of his generation.

Likewise, Joe Cole came through under Redknapp at Upton Park, before moving on to spells at Chelsea, Liverpool, and Lille.

The former Spurs manager has often spoken highly of the two players, and may now find himself in a position to bring several of his most decorated graduates back under his management.

What's more, nephew and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is also available - who would bet on the England vice-captain turning up at Loftus Road too?

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