QPR eyeing up Ferdinand deal
Newly promoted Queens Park Rangers are looking at the possibility of signing Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer after his Manchester United contract ran out, according to ESPN.
Ferdinand, 35, made his professional debut under QPR manager Harry Redknapp for West Ham United in 1996 and he is keen on working under him again with Redknapp dropping a few hints that the former Leeds United defender may be on his wishlist.
"Rio is a very good player. I signed Rio at 14. He's a fantastic player and a great pro. 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. Last time there were lots of players brought in who were not really up to the job. We have to make sure we've got the right sort of lads this time around." Redknapp added.
Ferdinand, who has 81 caps for England, will be a pundit for the BBC at the World Cup in Brazil and he is adamant that he is not ready to hang up his boots just yet. Writing in his Mail On Sunday column he wrote:
"I can assure you of one thing, though: I'm not quite ready to join the Lineker-Shearer retirement club just yet. I see myself as going to Brazil very much as an active footballer with playing time ahead of me.
"It is feasible that in the coming weeks, perhaps even while I'm in South America, I'll make a decision about the next stage in my career. When that happens I'll tell you about it. But I have options on the table from several clubs in England and overseas for next season and I'm intending to play on if the right situation arises. There is, in all honesty, nothing settled yet.
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