QPR man on reports linking club with United and Chelsea stars

Queens Park Rangers' assistant manager has been speaking about reports linking the club with Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand.

Queens Park Rangers assistant boss Kevin Bond has played down speculation linking the Hoops with moves for Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.

The two players are out of contract at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively this summer, and reports have claimed they could reunite with their former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road.

But speaking to Talk Sport on Tuesday morning, Bond played down the claims.

“No one to my knowledge has had any type of conversation,” Bond said.

“For a start, we didn’t know what league we would be in so there have been no conversations in terms of recruitment.

“I’m not aware that anyone (at the club) has had a conversation with regards to identifying anyone at this stage.”

Recent reports had suggested that Ferdinand was strongly considering a move to newly-promoted QPR, to reunite with the manager who gave him his senior debut back in 1996. It may be the only opportunity the former England international has to remain in the Premier League, having also been linked with a possible move to the MLS.

Lampard would arguably be the harder purchase, with the midfielder set to be holding out for a new offer from Chelsea and with a whole host of top-flight suitors sure to be lining up if that does not happen.

But if Bond is to believed, QPR’s search for new recruits is yet to begin. Although when it does, do not expect the wholesale and – in some cases – questionable purchases of two summers ago.

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