QPR boss Hughes confirms Cesar deal is close

QPR manager Mark Hughes has revealed his Premier League club are close to completing the surprise signing of Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Cesar helped Italian giants Inter win the Champions League in 2010, but Hughes appears to have persuaded the Brazil international to swap the San Siro for Loftus Road.

After Robert Green, a pre-season signing from West Ham, made a rocky start to the campaign, Hughes moved for Cesar, who was at the west London club on Tuesday to discuss terms before QPR's 3-0 League Cup second round victory over Walsall.

"Sometimes when opportunities present itself you want to pursue them," Hughes said.

"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.

"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."