QPR close in on double swoop for Rio Ferdinand and Hangeland

The veteran centre-backs have been targeted by Harry Redknapp, who is looking for proven Premier League calibre this summer following his side's return to the top flight
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

QPR are close to completing a double swoop for Rio Ferdinand and Brede Hangeland, Goal understands.

The veteran centre-backs are in advanced talks to join the newly promoted Premier League club following their departures earlier this summer from Manchester United and Fulham respectively.

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Ferdinand, 35, who has been working as a BBC pundit in Brazil, is prepared to reject more lucrative offers from overseas to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, who handed him his West Ham debut as a 17-year-old.

The former England international has said he is keen to carry on playing at the top level despite the end of his trophy-laden 12-year spell at United.

Ferdinand has had his own personal trainer with him in Brazil to keep fit and is confident he can make a significant contribution to a QPR team that shipped so many goals during their last season in the top flight.

Hangeland, 33, could make the short move across west London after QPR indicated they will meet his £50,000-a-week salary demands.

West Ham are also closely monitoring the availability of the Norway international, who went public earlier this month with his anger at the manner in which his six-and-a-half year spell at Craven Cottage ended.

Hangeland accused Fulham of sacking him via email, claiming he was "disappointed beyond words" to be told of such "sad news" in this way.

However, the west London outfit insisted "personal protocol was followed" and the player "was notified in the right way".

Hangeland is believed to be keen to remain in London and not uproot his family from his home in the capital.

He could now follow former Fulham players Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Aaron Hughes in making the short journey from Craven Cottage to Loftus Road.

Redknapp wants players of proven Premier League calibre as he reshapes his squad following their return to the top flight.