QPR close on deals
QPR have agreed a deal for Samba Diakite from Nancy, whilst Sky Sports can confirm they are set to make a move for Wigan's Victor Moses.
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey
Last Updated: 26/01/12 7:50am
Queens Park Rangers are set to beat Lyon to the signing of Malian star Samba Diakite from Nancy, whilst Sky Sports can confirm the club are set to make a move for Wigan's Victor Moses.
Diakite is a defensive midfielder, who can also play at the back, and will be just the latest new face at Loftus Road this month with Mark Hughes hoping to bring in at last half-a-dozen players.
Moses is a player Hughes has followed since his time as Fulham boss, and now he is at QPR he is ready to try and prise him away from their relegation rivals.
Wigan have failed to agree fresh terms with Moses and they could find any substantial offer tough to turn down.
A bid is yet to be lodged by Rangers, but they are expected to make contact before the weekend.
Whilst a deal for Moses is far from done, their move for Diakite looks close to being finalised with QPR ready to beat Lyon to his signing.
The French giants had been in talks with Nancy, but were not happy with Diakite he was participating in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Lyon wanted French-born Diakite to miss the tournament in order to be available straight away.
But he instead joined up with Mali and made his debut for them in the AFCON clash against Guinea.
"Nancy told me that if Lyon took me quickly I could not do the AFCON, but I could not do that," said Diakite.
Now QPR have stepped in and agreed a loan deal for the rest of the season with a view to a summer transfer with the overall package worth €4million.
With a deal for Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha agreed and the player in London for his medical, Hughes is making progress on bolstering his squad.