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Dutch star next on shopping list for newly-promoted QPR

| 23.06.2014

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is wasting no time in strengthening his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League and it’s clear he is building from the back this time around.

Fresh from reports in the Daily Mail that the Hoops have completed the signing of former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, Redknapp is also making a strong move to sign Holland international Ron Vlaar from Aston Villa.

The 29-year-old, who is with the Dutch squad at the World Cup, has put in a string of impressive performances in Brazil to help his side top Group B and progress to the knockout phase of the competition.

The Villans captain featured in the Oranje’s impressive 2-0 win over Ladbrokes’ World Cup ambassador Rachel Riley’s pick to win the competition, Chile and the Dutch are now 15/2 with the bookmaker to win the tournament.

The Dutchman’s form has not gone unnoticed in west London as Redknapp looks to shore up a defence which conceded 60 goals when they were last in the Premier League.

QPR finished bottom with just 25 points during the 2012/13 season and Redknapp is hoping to avoid similar mistakes with Ferdinand and possibly Vlaar providing a solid base full of English top flight experience.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will be desperate to avoid losing his captain and the rock of his defence at Villa Park but with talks over a new deal on hold, the Premier League new boys are trying to take advantage of the situation.

And with just one more year to run on the former Feyenoord star’s contract Villa, whose chairman Randy Lerner announced his intention to sell the club, could be forced to cash in on the Dutch defender.

Lambert has already moved to strengthen his defensive options by bringing in former Arsenal and Fulham centre-back Philippe Senderos on a free transfer, while Denmark international Jores Okore is ready to return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

But losing Vlaar, who has made 27 appearances for Holland, would be a huge dent to a Villa side that battled the drop for much of last season and a huge boost to possible relegation rivals Harry Redknapp and QPR.

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Oliver Yew