Rio Ferdinand wants to move to QPR, according to Harry Redknapp, and a deal should be concluded soon.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has said that he wants to conclude a deal to bring former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand to Loftus Road by the end of the week.
Ferdinand’s deal at Old Trafford expired this summer and Redknapp has been trying to sign the experienced defender for much of the transfer-window so far.
Ferdinand has been based in Brazil with the BBC Sport as a pundit for the World Cup, but is now looking to sort out his club future and Redknapp says that a move to QPR is imminent.
"He arrives back today so I am going to meet him and hopefully we can get it sorted," the QPR boss explained.
"He has not been difficult to deal with. He wants to play and he is not expensive.
"He wants to come and play at QPR now so hopefully we can get it done."
Ferdinand could be partnered in central defence by Michael Dawson, but Redknapp has informed Sky Sports that no concrete offer has been submitted to Tottenham as yet.
QPR achieved promotion from the Championship last season and are looking to avoid a repeat of their last Premier League campaign, which ended in abject failure.
The club will have no shortage of transfer budget this summer, but Redknapp appears to be keen on bringing in players with considerable Premier League experience to help them compete in their first season back in the top flight.
Last season that experience showed signs of verging on ageing for Ferdinand, and the England international has been surpassed by some of United’s youngster stars, as shown by the table below, meaning he was allowed to leave this summer.
|Team||Pos||Error Lead To Goal||Outfielder Block / apps||Won Tackle / apps||Interception / apps||Total Clearance / apps||Duel Won / apps||Accurate Pass / apps||Apps||Mins|
|Chris Smalling||Man Utd||DF||1||0.64||1.20||1.08||7.16||5.32||32.64||25||1,938|
|Rio Ferdinand||Man Utd||DF||0||0.50||0.64||1.36||6.21||2.07||36.64||14||1,128|
|Phil Jones||Man Utd||DF||0||0.50||1.69||2.12||5.73||5.62||36.58||26||2,174|
That said, he is likely to be a very good addition at QPR, where he will be expected to be one of their main stars.
Already at the club, in his position, are the likes of Richard Dunne, Clint Hill and Nedum Onuoha, but Ferdinand should have no trouble displacing any of the trio and forcing his way into the starting line-up.
And, if Redknapp can coax him back to anywhere near the top of his game, then he will unquestionably shine at the London club.