QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is close to completing a loan move to Turkish club Bursaspor, according to Goal.com. The 27-year-old centre back is the younger brother of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Goal.com's report states Ferdinand flew to the Turkish capital of Istanbul after the Loftus Road club suffered the indignity of FA Cup elimination to League One side MK Dons. Rangers were eliminated by the Dons in a fourth round tie, with goals from Ryan Lowe, Ryan Harley and Darren Potter adding to the misery of an own goal from Armand Traore and leading Dons to a 4-2 win.
The defender is due to meet club representatives on Monday but was quick to stress, to the Dogan News Agency, there was no official agreement in place as yet.
Ferdinand made 31 Premier League starts for the Rangers last season and 33 appearances in all. This campaign, however, he has failed to establish himself as a regular under either ex-manager Mark Hughes or present boss Harry Redknapp. He has made only 10 league starts this season, with 16 appearances across all competitions.
Should the centre-back join the Turkish club, he will not be the only Englishman at the club. Ex-West Brom and Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson is the team's No 1; Carson joined for the 2011/12 season. Bursaspor are presently sixth in the Süper Lig, with 27 points from 19 games.
Fernandes Accepts Responsibility
Meanwhile, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has insisted he will take responsibility if the club is relegated from the Premier League this season. The Rangers have had a disastrous season so far and are rooted to the bottom of the table with 15 points from 23 games.
"Many fans attacking me," Fernandes tweeted, "Doing our best. We won't stop trying. As I have said many times I take all responsibility and will face the music. Always spirit up. If can't fix it I will be first to go."
QPR will next play champions Manchester City at Loftus Road.