The future of Rio Ferdinand had looked to have been finalised, as the free agent had supposedly agreed personal terms with Queens Park Rangers. However, the move could now be about to break down, as the London side have had a last minute rethink over the ex-England international’s wages, reports the Independent.
Ferdinand, who was earning within the region of £200,000 a week when he was playing for the Red Devils, had lined up a massive wage cut to join the Hoops, but the club’s board are still reluctant to part with what will be a sizeable weekly outlay.
The QPR manager, Harry Redknapp, is thought to be doing his best to force through the signing, as he believes that Ferdinand represents the experience and know-how that his team requires as they return to the Premier League. QPR had been in the Championship last season, but they managed to re-qualify for the top flight via a Play Off Final victory.
The board and the owners, however, are keen for the club not to repeat the mistakes that it made during their last stint in the Premiership, in which they signed too many ‘over the hill’ players on too many big-money contracts. There is revenue available at Rangers, but there is also a call for wiser investment this time around.
From Ferdinand’s perspective, the player is thought to have a variety of offers to choose from should the QPR deal fall through, but the defender is also believed to be keen on a move back to London, and a reunion with Redknapp, who gave Ferdinand his debut for West Ham.