Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has said that Rio Ferdinand should be the kind of player that his club should be signing this summer.
Ferdinand is out of contract this summer after Manchester United decided not to offer him a new contract after a highly successful 12-year stay at Old Trafford.
Redknapp worked with Ferdinand when they were both at West Ham United, and given that Ferdinand is in the Autumn of his career and may be prepared to take coaching badges, a potential move could favour both parties in more ways than one.
The QPR boss told TalkSport: “He’s probably been the best centre-back in Europe in the last few years. What a career he’s had at Manchester United.
“You need good lads who know the game. They can run the dressing room. It’s an easy game when you’ve got good players.
“QPR need a bit of experience. Most importantly, though, we need players we can rely on and who are prepared to have a go.”
It’s not as if QPR couldn’t afford the services of Ferdinand given their quite expensive wage bill is public knowledge, and any Premier League experience from someone of considerable pedigree would seem like a shrewd move for their first season back in the top flight.
Though some will say he is 35 and that QPR may want to target younger defenders, it wasn’t so long ago that he was in the Premier League team of the year, having had a very good season in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season at Old Trafford in 2012/13 – when Manchester United ended up as champions.
If he were to sign for QPR, he could be their best of the summer.