Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand is poised to wear the blue and white stripes of QPR next season.Reuters

Queens Park Rangers are on the verge of signing former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, as their manager Harry Redknapp revealed that the veteran centre-back has agreed to join them this summer.

The 35-year-old left the Red Devils at the end of last season after his contract expired and is currently a free agent. The Hoops secured progress into the Premier League for the upcoming campaign via play-offs and the 67-year-old former Portsmouth boss is looking to bolster his squad for sustenance in top-flight.

Ferdinand was also linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as Tim Sherwood's successor Mauricio Pochettino was looking to inject some experience into his squad. However, the former England international looks poised to wear the blue and white stripes and ply his trade at Loftus Road next season.

"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. I can't foresee any problems with it and we'd be delighted if we can get it done soon," Redknapp told the Telegraph.

"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," he added.

Meanwhile, Redknapp went on to confirm that QPR already have an agreement in place with Cardiff City to procure the services of Steven Caulker. The west Londoners are believed to be ready to meet the £8m release clause in the 22-year-old's contract.

However, reports suggest that the Spurs youth academy product has courted attention from Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Southampton.

However, Redknapp, who is aware of Caulker's potential from his managerial stint at White Hart Lane, is hoping to establish the English duo as his first choice centre-backs for QPR.

"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," Redknapp concluded.