QPR in pole position to sign former Chelsea defender Bosingwa on free transfer

The 29-year-old right-back has been without a club since his release from the European champions but now looks set to play under Mark Hughes at Loftus Road
By Chris Myson

QPR are in pole position to sign former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa on a free transfer.

The Portuguese right-back spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League and three FA Cups.

Bosingwa also played the full match in the final of his 125 appearances for Chelsea when they beat Bayern Munich to win an historic Champions League trophy in May.
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However, the 29-year-old who was initially signed from Porto in 2008, was released after his contract expired as the Blues shake up their squad under Roberto Di Matteo.

Now it is their London rivals QPR who are interested in snapping up the stopper, who has had an uncertain future and is still without a club on the eve of the new Premier League season.

Owner Tony Fernandez has confirmed the club are chasing Bosingwa ahead of the new season.

"He is one of many we have talked about. I'm not exactly sure where we are on that, so let's see," he told Sky Sports News.

"We are still looking. We are still hoping to strengthen one or two areas."

Inter, Anzhi Makhachkala and Monaco have also been credited with an interest in signing Bosingwa over the summer but it appears Mark Hughes will now make him the Loftus Road club’s eighth summer signing.

If the deal goes through, he will join the likes of Junior Hoilett, Park Ji-Sung and Andy Johnson at QPR as they try to build a squad capable of staying clear of any relegation dogfight this season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, continue to be linked with a move for Marseille starlet Cesar Azpilicueta in their search for a right-back.

Bosingwa was sent off against QPR while playing for Chelsea in a 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road last October in a match where Didier Drogba was also red carded.