Sunderland’s Anton Ferdinand in possible £4m deal with Queens Park Rangers

IN DEMAND ... Anton Ferdinand.
IN DEMAND ... Anton Ferdinand.
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ANTON Ferdinand will be allowed to decide his own fate today after Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers agreed a possible £4million move for the defender.

Sunderland see it as an excellent bit of business to be able to get back half of the £8m that former manager Roy Keane originally paid for the West Ham centre-half in 2008.

Ferdinand is in the last year of his contract and could look to move on for nothing from January so to get back so much money for him at this stage of his contract is an excellent deal for the Black Cats.

Ironically, the 26-year-old has played some of the best football of his Sunderland career this season and has won praise for his performances in all the game he has been involved in.

But Titus Bramble and Michael Turner will have the edge on him when they are fit again and Sunderland have made no move to offer him a new contract.

To newly-promoted QPR, his value is obvious. They would not see £4m as paying over the odds for a young defender approaching his prime with plenty of Premier League experience.

The final decision will be Ferdinand’s and today he was still mulling over the offer but sources close to the player believe he will become a QPR player by the end of today.