Redknapp claims that the 81-time England international has “agreed to join us”.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has said that former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has verbally agreed a move to Loftus Road this summer.
Ferdinand left United at the end of last season, having spent 12 years at Old Trafford, during which time he won six Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup.
The 35-year-old centre-back is currently in Brazil working as a World Cup pundit for BBC Sport.
Redknapp is keen to officially complete the signing when Ferdinand returns from South America.
“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,” Ferdinand told The 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 gave Ferdinand his professional debut at West Ham United back in 1996.
Ferdinand went on to play 158 first-team games for the Hammers, before moving to Leeds United in 2000 for a fee in the region of £18m.
After featuring in 73 matches for the Yorkshire club, Ferdinand made a £30m switch to Old Trafford.
Redknapp is keen to sign Steven Caulker from Cardiff City to partner Ferdinand in QPR’s backline.