QPR are primed to revisit interest in Brede Hangeland after the Fulham defender was released by shock email last night.
Rangers looked at the Norwegian international when they were struggling in the Premier League the season before last - but were put off by his £50,000-a-week wages and a £3 million transfer fee.
However, with manager Harry Redknapp desperate to beef up his defence in line with a new prudent price policy, Hangeland ticks the boxes.
He wants to stay in London where his two children have been brought up, there is no transfer fee to pay this time, and Harry already poured cold water on reunion with Rio Ferdinand, released by Manchester United.
Crystal Palace are reportedly the only other club in the capital showing interest in the man who served Fulham for six-plus years including a Europa League final appearance in 2010.
The way is clear for Hoops to compete for a proven Premier League defender three years younger and cheaper than Ferdinand.