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Redknapp confident of Ferdinand deal

ESPN staff
July 15, 2014
Rio Ferdinand has left Manchester United after the club did not renew his contract © Getty Images

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is confident of finalising a deal for Rio Ferdinand, insisting the former Manchester United defender is keen to move to Loftus Road.

Ferdinand has been working for the BBC at the World Cup in Brazil for the past month but Redknapp will resume talks when he returns home.

The defender, who has won six league titles, two League Cups, one Champions League and a Club World Cup, left United after his contract was not renewed at the end of last season.

"He arrives back today so I am going to meet him and hopefully we can get it sorted," Redknapp told talkSPORT. "He has not been difficult to deal with. He wants to play and he is not expensive.

"He wants to come and play at QPR now so hopefully we can get it done.''

QPR are also reported to be interested in Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, who worked with Redknapp when the 67-year-old was in charge at White Hart Lane.

"I like Michael,'' Redknapp said. "He is a top player and a great lad as well. You would have Michael in your team any day of the week but we haven't made any offers for Michael.''

Club captain Dawson is also reportedly a £5m target for Hull City, but he is understood to be refusing to speak to last season's FA Cup runners-up unless they are prepared to offer him a four-year deal.

Dawson has two years left on his contract at White Hart Lane, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to sacrifice him to allow new manager Mauricio Pochettino to strengthen his defence - an area the Argentinian has targeted as in need of reinforcements.

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