Harry Redknapp and Queens Park Rangers are closing in on the signing of Leroy Fer from Norwich City, reports the Guardian. The Dutch midfielder has been on the Hoops radar for much of the summer, and the move is now very close to being finalised between the two clubs.
Fer has only been at Norwich for 12 months, after joining the Canaries from FC Twente last summer. He established himself as an important Premier League player for Chris Hughton’s side, however, and eventually was rewarded with a call up to the Netherlands national team for this summer’s World Cup. Although his role under Louis Van Gaal was a peripheral one, Fer did manage to come off the bench to score a vital goal against Chile in the third match of round one.
The player is now expected to join QPR for around £7 million. Redknapp has brought in Cardiff City’s Jordon Mutch already, but apart from that particular signing, the Hoops have so far stuck with the midfield which won them promotion. Should Fer arrive, however, he is expected to be granted a major role in the squad, despite not being able to prevent Norwich from being relegated last year.
From a Norwich perspective, the Championship side have seen 3 of their key midfielders depart over the summer, and Neil Adams will be looking to strengthen again before the transfer window closes. Fer is set to join Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass at the exit door, both of whom have already left the club.