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Queens Park Rangers looking to tempt Rio Ferdinand

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Queens Park Rangers may have had a wage bill of £68m (~$115m), and posted losses of £65.4m (~$108m) in the 2012-2013 season, but it looks like that’s not going to stop the club from continuing to tempt players by offering high salaries. Rather than worry about the financial state of the club, or fair play rules, QPR look set to offer Rio Ferdinand £80,000 per week (~$135,000).

With Harry Redknapp in charge, is anyone surprised?

Should the offer come, and Ferdinand accept, that would make the 35-year-old the highest paid player at Loftus Road, beating out  Loïc Rémy, who currently earns around £75,000 per week. That, and the chance to reunite with Redknapp, who gave him his debut at West Ham in 1996,could tempt Ferdinand to join the recently-promoted side.

You’d think the veteran would be tempted to hang up his boots  and retire to a life inside the studio, but the defender insists that’s not so. In his Mail on Sunday column, Ferdinand, who will work for the BBC as an expert at the World Cup in Brazil, said:

I can assure you of one thing, though: I’m not quite ready to join the [Gary] Lineker-[Alan] Shearer retirement club just yet. I see myself as going to Rio very much as an active footballer with playing time ahead of me. I have options on the table from several clubs in England and overseas for next season and I’m intending to play on if the right situation arises. There is, in all honesty, nothing settled yet.

QPR could face some stiff competition. Apparently, Ferdinand has had offers from Premier League clubs Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and West Ham, as well as teams from Major League Soccer, Dubai and China. But would any other side be willing to give a 35-year-old with known injury problems such a steep weekly salary?

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.