Ferdinand seals move to QPR in one-year deal
FORMER Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has signed for QPR on a one-year deal.
The 35-year-old left Old Trafford at the end of his contract this summer following a trophy-laden 12 years with the Red Devils and will now remain in the Barclays Premier League as he looks to help keep the Hoops in the top flight.
Ferdinand will also be reunited with Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road after the current QPR boss handed him his professional debut for West Ham as a 17-year-old in 1996, and the veteran defender is eager to prove he still has something to offer.
"I spoke to Harry and (owner Tony) Mr Fernandes at length," he said. "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."
Following punditry work at the World Cup, Ferdinand's anticipated move to Loftus Road was completed last night after he passed a medical.
Ferdinand, whose younger brother Anton and cousin Les also had spells at QPR, had been linked with a move to west London some weeks ago before a hold-up believed to be caused by a wrangling over wages.
But now that has been ironed out Ferdinand is looking forward to playing for a team he used to watch growing up.