Indeed, the owner and his head of football operations have been keen to emphasise an adapted approach to the transfer market - signing young, talented players with an eye on the future.
But, as Celtic fans will tell you, Forrest could be a risky signing. A talented enough player, the 24-year-old won't necessarily be missed at Parkhead due to his injury troubles.
Forrest has had plenty of good moments in a Celtic shirt but also bad ones. His attitude has sometimes been criticised.
In that regard, QPR have been there before. The likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Tjarron Chery, Leroy Fer and Junior Hoilett were all meant to bring creativity, while younger players have been focused on this season.
So, while Forrest could give QPR a young, skilful player with potential, that may not be ideal for the west London club itself. Signing the 24-year-old would please Ferdinand and the R's' search criteria - but it brings risks in that the Celtic man is unproven in terms of long-run fitness, attitude and consistency.