Mark Hughes has revealed QPR are close to concluding a deal for Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar that even he is shocked the west Londoners are pulling off.
The Brazil international was a key part of the Italian side's Champions League win two years ago but now looks set to leave the San Siro for W12. Cesar was at Loftus Road on Tuesday to discuss terms ahead of the club's 3-0 Capital One Cup victory overall Walsall and looks set to pen a deal with the Hoops.
"There's nothing concluded yet," Hughes said. "There are a number of papers that need to go back. We're not at a point where we can actually say it's a done deal. The intention is there obviously if we can but at the moment it's not concluded."
The QPR boss added: "I said I wanted to have two quality keepers this window if at all possible. Sometimes when opportunities present itself you want to pursue them.
"When you get an opportunity to possibly bring a player of the quality Julio Cesar's quality, with his playing record and his mentality, then I think you have to pursue to its conclusion.
"I think when we started the process we probably never thought there was an opportunity or chance he would be able to come here. If we are able to conclude it, we'll be delighted."
Hughes is also in the hunt for central defenders, with Real Madrid's Ricardo Carvalho and Tottenham club captain Michael Dawson amongst those targeted.
"That was the plan at the beginning of the window," he said.
"Probably of all the players we have gone after, that is the one position where we haven't really been able to address. We're looking at options right upto the window closing. Whether or not we'll be able to do it, I am not sure. Certainly it is an area we are certainly looking to bring one more in."
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