We profile select group who've played for both clubs.
A product of the West Ham academy, like his brother Rio, the London-born defender moved to Sunderland in 2008 after spending five years playing at senior level for his boyhood club.
Roy Keane snapped up the centre-back in the summer of 2008 on a four year deal, and made a promising start to his Black Cats career, forging a good partnership with Danny Collins at the heart of the Sunderland defence. After almost 100 games for the Black Cats, Ferdinand moved to Loftus Road on summer transfer deadline day last year.
He was an integral part of the QPR defence that helped avoid relegation last season, playing over 30 games in the Barclays Premier League.
Ferdinand has represented his country up to Under-21 level and was part of the side that reached the semi-final of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in the Netherlands.
Champions League winner Cissé joined Sunderland on loan from French club Marseille during the 2008-09 season. He scored on his Black Cats debut against Tottenham and helped Sunderland to a 2-1 Tyne-Wear derby win in October 2008. Cissé grabbed 10 league goals in his single season at the club, helping to steer the club safely away from relegation. Cissé returned to parent club Marseille following his loan spell and secured a permanent move to Panathinaikos.
After a spell at Lazio, Cissé signed a permanent deal with QPR on January transfer deadline day earlier this year. He enjoyed a turbulent start to his Rangers career, scoring on his debut before being given a straight red card in his second game against Wolves. He then scored on his return but was again sent off in the following match at the Stadium of Light against his former team. QPR narrowly avoided relegation last season, with Cisse grabbing six goals in his eight Premier League appearances in 2011/12.
The former England Under-21 international joined the Black Cats on loan for the 2010-11 season after signing a long-term deal with parent club Manchester City. His single goal for the club saw him pick up Sunderland’s goal of the season award thanks to the mazy dribble and finish that helped set the Black Cats up for a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Onuoha was a consistent performer at right-back and made over 30 appearances in the Premier League for the Black Cats.
After returning to Manchester following his successful loan spell, Onuoha agreed a four and a half year deal in January this year, reuniting him with former manager Mark Hughes. Onuoha’s steady performances in the QPR defence helped keep Rangers in the top flight.