Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has signed for Queens Park Rangers on a Bosman free transfer, the club have confirmed.
The 35-year-old centre-half, released by Manchester United at the end of last season, has signed on a one-year deal following a series of talks with the west London club.
Ferdinand spoke with Rangers boss Harry Redknapp earlier this week following his return from TV punditry at the World Cup and completed a medical on Thursday.
He becomes the newly-promoted club’s first signing of the summer transfer window.
“I spoke to Harry and Mr Fernandes at length. They both looked me in the eye and knew that I still have something to offer,” Ferdinand told the club’s official website.
“It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me, offers from all over the world, some in places with a better climate than here.
“But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here where it all started.
“I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.”
Ferdinand trained with QPR as a youth before joining West Ham’s academy in 1992 where he broke into the first-team under Redknapp – then manager at Upton Park.