Chris Ramsey has backed recent signing Grant Hall to establish himself at QPR – and insists the defender was not signed from Tottenham out of sentiment.
Rangers head coach Ramsey and director of football Ferdinand were together at Spurs and have looked to bring in people they worked with at the north London club.
Recent arrivals Hall and Massimo Luongo were coached by Ramsey there – and a number of other players with a Spurs connection have been discussed as potential signings.
Perry Suckling, recently brought to Loftus Road as academy manager, was also previously at Tottenham.
But Ramsey said: “You go for people that you know, but you can’t be sentimental about it.”
Central defender Hall, 23, proved his worth with an impressive performance on his full debut for Rangers.
Ramsey does not regard him as a “mainstay centre-half” at this stage of Hall’s career, but he caught the eye in Tuesday’s League Cup win at Yeovil.
“He’s not getting picked because he’s from Tottenham, he’s getting picked because he’s played in the Championship for Birmingham and Blackpool and done a good job,” Ramsey explained.
“He came in and had a trial. It wasn’t like we just picked him from there [Spurs]. He came a trained for a couple of days and played, and he hasn’t looked out of place.”