When speaking to the Telegraph recently, Harry Redknapp has revealed that his QPR side are on the verge of completing transfers for the former Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand, and for Cardiff City’s Steven Caulker. The Hoops are looking to add defensive experience to their backline as they bid to tackle the Premier League with more success than when they last ventured into the top flight.
‘Rio has agreed to join us and we’re hopeful of getting that one over the line when he gets back from the World Cup,’ said Redknapp of the Ferdinand prospects. The former United, Leeds and West Ham player has not been representing England at the tournament, but working as a TV pundit for the BBC. He could offer Rangers a wealth of experience, although his wage packet is also thought to be a considerable one.
‘We’ve agreed a fee with Cardiff and it’s now up to Steven to decide his next move,’ said Redknapp of the Caulker situation, ‘hopefully that’s another one we can get done.’ Since the Bluebirds’ relegation to the Championship last year, Caulker has become a target for many Premier League clubs and, should QPR sign him, then it would represent some impressive business from the Premiership’s new boys.
QPR were promoted to the top flight last season after emerging victorious out of the Play-Offs. During their last spell in the Premier League, the London club made mistakes within the transfer window which saw too many ‘over the hill’ players join the Hoops, and too many ‘over the top’ contracts fly around the dressing room. This year, the club will be looking to be a little less brash, and a little more successful.