Rio Ferdinand linked with shock exit from QPR

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Rio Ferdinand is being linked with a shock exit from QPR just six-months after joining the club on a free transfer.

A report in The Mirror claims that a growing contingent within the club is pushing for Harry Redknapp to expose of the 35-year-old in January. Ferdinand has struggled in west London thus far and was dropped to the bench for the game against Liverpool at the weekend.

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Having signed a £35,000-a-week deal in the summer, Ferdinand was seen as an excellent acquisition for the Premier League side. However, even before he signed the one-year contract, there was reported to be figures at Loftus Road who were unhappy with the signing.

Having seen Ferdinand fail to impress, those same figures are now feeling vindicated for their objections and want to see what they deem as a mistake rectified in the January transfer window.

Good attitude

Ferdinand, who will be 36 next month, has, however, impressed coaches with his impressive work ethic and attitude in training. His vast experience at the top level of football, both with England and Manchester United, means Ferdinand is already held in high regard amongst his teammates.

Ferdinand won six Premier League titles with the Red Devils as well as one FA Cup and one Champions League in a now-legendary 12-year spell at Old Trafford.

However, that has not changed the fact that QPR are struggling defensively. Richard Dunne was preferred against Liverpool and the veteran thanked Redknapp by scoring an own goal.


As a result, Redknapp is already looking at potential centre-back signings ahead of January. West Ham's Winston Reid could be available in a cut price deal if he fails to agree a new contract while long-term target Rolando remains on the radar.

Any new signing is likely to move ahead of both Dunne and Ferdinand in the pecking order with Steven Caulker retaining his place.

Taarabt comments

The same report also claims that QPR owner Tony Fernandes has contacted the agent of Adel Taarabt to back Harry Redknapp over claims that the Moroccan international was three stone overweight.

Taarabt is furious with the claims, but the club are ready to back Redknapp over the comments, which questions Taarabt's application.

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