Les Ferdinand has moved to snap up former Newcastle player James Perch.

United sold him off to Wigan for £700,000 in 2013 and each of the last two seasons he has been their player of the season.

Never a world beater, nonetheless you have to wonder at the wisdom of United getting rid of this player on the cheap, considering how weak Newcastle’s squad is, NUFC still not even having a back-up right-back two years later.

His versatility was of course arguably his biggest asset and as well as playing right across the back four, he could also play in midfield.

How we could have done with a player like him when in the second half of last season, Newcastle struggled to put out any back four due to Mike Ashley selling off Mapou and Santon without bringing in replacements. Personally, I would rather play James Perch ahead of Vurnon Anita in our midfield as well, as well as ahead of Mike Williamson in centre of defence.

Anyway, 29 year old Perch has signed a three year contract at QPR and had this to say:

“Les and the gaffer sold the club to me brilliantly. They showed a great desire to bring me here, and that helped make up my mind.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting into the side and proving my worth at QPR.”

QPR Head Coach, Chris Ramsey:

 “James is a proven Championship performer, with great versatility across a number of positions.

“He can cover both full-back positions, centre-half and holding midfield, so he’ll be a real asset for us.”

Director of Football, Les Ferdinand:

 “We’re really pleased James has agreed to join us. We know we’re quite light on numbers in the defensive third of the pitch, so James’ arrival is welcome.

“He’s got a wealth of Premier League and Championship experience, he’s in the prime of his career, and he ticks all the boxes in terms of his quality and character.”