Queens Park Rangers are readying themselves at the back by signing Brazilian defender Bruno Perone to bolster their first Barclays Premier Leauge campaign in 15 years.
Despite the 24-year-old picking up a broken nose in training, Neil Warnock has been impressed with his auspicious start made by the versatile centre back.
The R's boss said: "He did well during pre-season. He has still got lots to learn but when the time comes I am sure we will be able to put him in the team with confidence.
"One of the things he has got to learn is the language. At the moment Ali Faurlin is helping him out.
"He has already suffered a broken nose in the time he has been here, so he is settling in nicely to English football!"
Perone, whose Italian name and passport belies his Braziilian status, can also play in midfield, something that could come in handy for QPR in what is sure to be a testing transitional stage.
Saturday's opening fixture against Bolton looks set to go ahead despite riots in the capital, but Warnock will have to wait for international clearance before starting the player, despite Perone's appearances in numerous pre-season friendlies.
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