QPR boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful that the imminent signing of Rio Ferdinand will be enough to tempt Steven Caulker to overlook interest from Liverpool and Crystal Palace to move to Loftus Road, according to reports from The Mirror.

The released Manchester United man – who has been working as a pundit at the World Cup – is expected to pen a contract with the Super Hoops in the coming weeks as ‘Arry steps up his plans to keep the R’s in the Premier League.

Next on Redknapp’s list is believed to be Cardiff’s relegated captain Caulker, who is also wanted by Liverpool and Palace.

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The England international was one of the few good performers for the Bluebirds last term as they slipped to relegation, but an £8m release clause in his contract looks set to guarantee him a return to the top tier before 2014/15 starts.

QPR hope that they can win the race, with the prospect of partnering Ferdinand – one of English football’s most celebrated centre-backs – an ace up their sleeve.

Caulker is said to be keen to link up with Brendan Rodgers – who coached him during a loan stint at Swansea – at Liverpool, but if that move doesn’t materialise QPR lead the battle.

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