Jul 17, 2014, 4:30 PM EST
Having completed his physical earlier today, Rio Ferdinand is set to continue his career in hoops. After 12 years at Manchester United, the 81-time England international has made the move to Loftus Road official, signing with Queens Park Rangers this evening.
The 35-year-old had been linked with a move to QPR earlier this month, with Rangers’ manager Harry Redknapp expecting the former West Ham and Leeds defender to sign after returning to England from the World Cup. This evening, QPR announced that process had been completed, signing Ferdinand to a one-year deal.
Ferdinand, from the club’s website:
“I used to sit in the Loft – my Dad used bring me here as a young boy. QPR was the first professional club to ever sign me …
“I spoke to Harry and Mr Fernandes at length. I think they both looked me in the eye and knew that I still have something to offer – that I had a genuine desire to come here and play football.
“I had a lot of offers from all over the world – some in places with a better climate than here. But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here where it all started.
“It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me.
“I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.”
When healthy, you’d expect Ferdinand to start and partner either Richard Dunne or club captain Clint Hill. Another former Manchester United defender, Danny Simpson, will likely make Redknapp’s back four, with Nedum Onuoha, a center back capable of playing wide, also among the manager’s options.
Particularly with left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto‘s loan expired, the group looks solid if uninspiring by Premier League standards, but if Ferdinand can stay healthy, the signing should be a significant boost to QPR’s chances of survival.
Dec 29, 2014, 8:44 AM EST
It’s been widely speculated that struggling Atleti striker Alessio Cerci will go to Milan in the deal
Dec 29, 2014, 7:55 AM EST
West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace reportedly has a load of reasons not to remove Alan Irvine, but fan anger is working against both parties.
Dec 28, 2014, 10:00 PM EST
Jonjo Shelvey is apparently “lazy” and lacks focus on the field, and Garry Monk is tired of it.
Dec 28, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
A point against Chelsea was nice, but Southampton have passed a much bigger test of late.
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Dec 28, 2014, 7:30 PM EST
Two games in 48 hours — too much and managers/players have a point, or not a big deal and they should stop whining?
Dec 28, 2014, 7:00 PM EST
Three straight league losses and Roberto Martinez is beginning to feel the heat just a bit.
Dec 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
In the last Premier League game of 2014, Liverpool host Swansea.
Dec 28, 2014, 4:40 PM EST
Harry wants Aguero, presumably because he’s already signed every other player in the world.
Dec 28, 2014, 4:23 PM EST
It’s a super talented bunch with loads of top-notch prospects.
Dec 28, 2014, 3:35 PM EST
After 19 weeks of the PL, here’s the top storylines so far.
Dec 28, 2014, 3:19 PM EST
Could Alan Pardew be heading home to London?
Dec 28, 2014, 2:28 PM EST
The final heavy match day in the Premier League for 2014 had goals, ejections, upsets and disallowed scores.
VIDEO — Allardyce furious with disallowed opening goal against Arsenal: “Officials clearly got it horribly wrong”
Dec 28, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
It was a poor call in our books, but it stands.
Dec 28, 2014, 1:12 PM EST
Newcastle moved back above Everton and into 10th place on the table with 23 points. The Toffees are in 12th with 21.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
The entire R’s family has joined the world in hoping for the best, as 162 people are missing.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:19 PM EST
Mourinho claims Chelsea are being victimized for simulation, as Fabregas denied penalty kick.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:11 PM EST
They’re still bottom of the table, but not by much anymore.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:09 PM EST
The point Sunderland pulls four points clear of the drop zone, while Aston Villa is a point above the Black Cats.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:03 PM EST
City remains three points back of Chelsea, and now sit 7 points ahead of No. 3 Manchester United.
Dec 28, 2014, 11:59 AM EST
There was little for fans to latch onto at Loftus Road, and it appropriately ended goalless.
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