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QPR close in on Caulker, Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has been heavily tipped to leave Man Utd this summer.
Rio Ferdinand is set to return to London.

Queens Park Rangers are set to sign former England captain Rio Ferdinand and have agreed a fee with Cardiff for Steven Caulker, manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed.

Ferdinand, 35, is available on a free transfer having been released by Manchester United at the end of his contract, and following his return from media duties at the World Cup is set for a move back to London, where he started his career at West Ham under Redknapp.

Former Tottenham centre-back Caulker, rated at some eight million pounds, is another target for the newly promoted Hoops, but the Cardiff captain is also attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Southampton.

"Rio has agreed to join us and we're hopeful of getting that one over the line when he gets back from the World Cup,'' Redknapp told the Daily Telegraph. "I can't foresee any problems with it and we'd be delighted if we can get it done soon.

"He's been a player at the top of the list since he left Manchester United and he would give the whole place a lift with his quality and experience.''

Redknapp hopes Caulker, 22, will also opt to head to Loftus Road. The QPR boss added: "We've agreed a fee with Cardiff and it's now up to Steven to decide his next move.

"I know him well from Spurs and he's always been a tremendous prospect. Hopefully that's another one we can get done.''

Earlier this week, QPR -- promoted via the playoff final at Wembley -- announced the release of Aaron Hughes, Stephane Mbia and Andrew Johnson at the end of their contracts, while midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has signed a contract extension.

Goalkeeper Rob Green and striker Bobby Zamora are also in talks over possible new deals.

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