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5 free transfers QPR should consider to join Rio Ferdinand

Posted on | July 19, 2014 | No Comments

Queens Park Rangers completed their first signing of the summer by picking up former Manchester United and England centre-back Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer.

The Rs have not been as busy as expected so far during the transfer window with the funds the club has available.  Manager Harry Redknapp does have a big squad to deal with even after a number of players were released at the start of this month.

To avoid a second relegation from the Premier League in three seasons, QPR could do with a couple of new signings to strengthen their squad further after only returning to the top flight via the playoffs having been the pre-season favorites to win the Championship last season.

QPR are 3.00 to lay being relegated with Betfair.

There is a wealth of Premier League experience already at Loftus Road, but here are five names that would improve the squad further:

Didier Drogba

The 36-year old Chelsea legend has only been away from the Premier League for two seasons, doing well in the Turkish Süper Lig after a season in China. The Blues have actually been linked with the Ivory Coast striker in recent days but surely a move back to Stamford Bridge would dent Didier Drogba’s heroic status a little after winning the UEFA Champions League for the club with his last kick in a Chelsea shirt.

Charlie Austin was quiet in the playoff final, Bobby Zamora has not done well for a few seasons and Loïc Rémy is constantly linked with a move away from Loftus Road. So how about bringing in Drogba for a season to get you the goals to ensure survival?

Nicklas Bendtner

The former Arsenal striker has failed to find himself a new club so far this summer despite claiming Real Madrid or Barcelona would be the next club for him once upon a time. Nicklas Bendtner certainly hasn’t been able to live up to his words over the years but perhaps a move to a smaller club could do the Danish striker a world of good.

Bendtner wasn’t the worst striker in the world at Sunderland and his record for the national team is pretty good. Perhaps Harry Redknapp could consider a gamble on the 26-year old who has twice failed to convince German Bundesliga clubs to sign him recently.

Matthew Etherington

With a wealth of Premier League experience from his time at Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Stoke City, 32-year old Matthew Etherington could make a good squad player for Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traoré is not proven in the Premier League whilst Junior Hoilett is severely inconsistent.

Matthew Etherington would offer hard work and defensive contribution – two things QPR could do with in tight battles this season.

Esteban Cambiasso

A long shot, but Esteban Cambiasso insists he wants to finish his playing career in Europe. He’s 33-years old so may not have too many years left in him. Sure, bigger teams will have to be interested in the former Real Madrid and Internazionale man, but QPR have the wage bill to tempt the 52-time Argentina international.

Harry Redknapp currently has Joey Barton and Karl Henry as defensive midfielders, so one would have to consider Cambiasso an upgrade even at his age and with no Premier League experience…

Jack Collison

A one-time highly-rated youngster, Jack Collison has been a victim of a number of injuries in recent seasons that have hampered his career. After a couple of appearances on loan in the Championship with both Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic last season, West Ham released Collison this summer.

An experienced Premier League midfielder who would be useful for many a team if he stays a fit. A player that QPR have the wage budget to take a chance on this summer.



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