QPR swoop for Milan defender


Mark Hughes is closing in on his first signing as QPR boss, with AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo said to be ‘very close’ to agreeing a deal to join the west London club.


Taiwo has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, with Arsenal rumoured to be particularly interested in landing the Nigerian.


But it appears the Rs have won the race for his signature, after the club’s official phone-in, London Call-In, said that the deal is ‘very close’ to being completed before adding they are "waiting for everything to be put into place before we make an official announcement".


Sky Sports report that the completion of the six month loan deal is subject to a work permit being granted for the 26-year-old.


Taiwo joined the Rossoneri from Marseille over the summer, but has struggled to make an impact, making just eight appearances in all competitions so far this season.


Rs midfielder Joey Barton revealed on Twitter yesterday that a deal with Taiwo was imminent, writing: "Taye Taiwo from AC Milan signing for the Rs.


"Was very good when I [have] seen him for Marseille. Good news. First of many, fingers cross."


A picture of Hughes with Taiwo surfaced on the social network site on Thursday, with the move expected to be confirmed today.


Hughes has been linked with moves for numerous defensive transfer targets in recent weeks as he attempts to guide his side clear of the relegation zone, with Chelsea’s Alex, Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha and Aston Villa's James Collins all linked with a move to Loftus Road.

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