Spurs reportedly favourites for defender but would he be a good addition?

Rio Ferdinand

According to reports Tottenham Hotspur are looking to sign departing Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand but are there question marks given his age?

Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as the favourites to sign Rio Ferdinand this summer, according to the Metro.

Spurs are thought to be interested in bringing the experienced centre-back to White Hart Lane, after his contract at Manchester United ran down.

QPR are also said to be hoping to sign Ferdinand, following their promotion to the Premier League, but the lure of challenging at the top end of the Premier League may be enough to convince the England international to join Spurs.

The London club, who are still yet to appoint a manager following the departure of Tim Sherwood, are desperate to make it into the top-four and feel that Ferdinand’s experience will help them achieve this aim.

However, the signs of ageing in the former Leeds United man’s game were clearly visible during the last campaign.

There can be no doubting that Ferdinand has been a superb player and enjoyed a stellar career, but question marks linger over his ability as a player now.

Spurs are known to be looking for a centre-back, after struggling to find a regular partnership at the heart of their defence this season. They also look set to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss.

If that is to be the case, Ferdinand will certainly be able to cope with his demanding style of possession based football – given his capabilities with the ball at his feet – but his lack of pace is a worry.

If played alongside Michael Dawson then there will certainly be a weakness against quick strikers that can be exposed.

The likes of Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches also provide competition for places in the centre-back position at London Road, but both struggled with injuries last season.

Jan Vertonghen can also play in that position, but he was drafted in as cover at left-back on regular occasions given Spurs' lack of defensive options.

Ferdinand would obviously add numbers and know-how to a back-line that was often exposed during the previous campaign, but given his age and wage demands it may be found that they are better off looking elsewhere.

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