Rangers agree deal to sign Ferdinand

QPR have agreed the signing of former England defender Rio Ferdinand.

The 35-year-old, who is expected to sign a one-year deal, is a free agent having left Manchester United at the end of last season.

He made 455 appearances for United during a 12-year spell at Old Trafford during which he won six Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League.

Ferdinand, cousin of Rangers legend Les Ferdinand and whose brother Anton also had a spell at Loftus Road, won 81 England caps and played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Harry Redknapp, QPR manager
Redknapp is a huge fan of Ferdinand.

He played under QPR boss Harry Redknapp at West Ham prior to an £18m move to Leeds in 2000.

Redknapp planned to sign him this summer if Rangers won promotion back to the top flight and their play-off triumph duly paved the way for a deal to be done.

Ferdinand, who was on QPR’s books as a schoolboy, was troubled by injuries towards the end of his time at United but last month Redknapp told West London Sport he believed he still had plenty to offer.

“He would be a fantastic free transfer for somebody,” Redknapp said.

“He’s a fantastic player and still has a lot to offer. He’s had his injuries and it’s whether he stays fit. If he fit’s he’s a top, top player.”

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