Queens Park Rangers’ protracted pursuit of Norwich City and Netherlands midfielder Leroy Fer is nearing a conclusion, with the Dutchman in London today undergoing a medical with the West London club.
Sky Sports are reporting the fee to be in the region of £7.5million.
Fer’s move to Loftus Road represents a blow for Southampton, who were hoping to land the player and might have thought their transfer kitty would help to blow any rivals out of the water. The transfer represents a good piece of business for Harry Redknapp, who is looking to play a 3-5-2 formation this season but currently only has three recognised first team central midfielders at the club. QPR’s depth betrayed them somewhat this past weekend as they looked somewhat uninventive in losing to Hull City.
Of Fer’s impending arrival, R’s boss Redknapp told Sky Sports News HQ, "He will be an excellent signing – a Dutch international who played in the World Cup. He is an outstanding midfield player and will bring a lot of qualities to the club.
"He's got a great physique, gets box to box - I think he'll be a good signing for us. We were a bit light [in midfield]. You need cover everywhere."
Fer looks the type of player that would thrive under Redknapp, and if QPR can bring enough quality into forward positions there is a feeling that the defence will prove strong enough throughout the season, despite an error at the back leading to the concession of what was ultimately the only goal on Saturday.
QPR are also close to securing Chilean international striker Eduardo Vargas on loan from Napoli. It is believed that the loan deal includes an option for the club to sign the player for £8million next summer.
Redknapp said of Vargas, "Vargas is a quality player – he is sharp, he is bright. He can play up front, he can play as a No 10. I liked him in the World Cup and he's someone we've been following for a while. So we're hoping it's a possibility that we can bring him in.
"We've had reports on him for quite a while. One of our scouts who lives abroad has been following him for years now. It’s not done yet, but hopefully it is going to be done."
Securing Vargas should be the final piece in the forward puzzle for Redknapp, who looks likely to retain the services of Loic Remy after all, but is likely to leave him looking to secure another one or two midfielders, with Niko Kranjcar, who has played under Redknapp at Portsmouth, Tottenham, and QPR, a confirmed target.