QPR aim to improve defence, poised to sign Argentine free agent - report

QPR are reportedly poised to sign former Catania defender Pablo Alvarez.

Having returned to the Premier League the hard way with a 1-0 win over Derby County in the Championship play-off final, QPR set about trying to stay in the top flight.

In came Alex McCarthy, Mauricio Isla, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker, Sandro, Jordon Mutch, Leroy Fer and Eduardo Vargas, but Harry Redknapp's side have struggled to date.

The R's have just two wins to their name so far this season, and Redknapp has come under increasing pressure from fans after a disappointing start to the campaign.

Having conceded 22 goals in just 11 games, QPR have the worst defence in the Premier League, and it seems that Redknapp is trying to improve that.

According to Goal, Argentine full back Pablo Alvarez is on the verge of a deal with QPR, having been a free agent since leaving Catania this summer.

The 30-year-old has also played for Boca Juniors, Estudiantes and Real Zaragoza, and would bring a wealth of experience to Loftus Road, as his agent told Goal that a deal is close.

"Pablo has been considering his options, but he has always harboured the ambition to play in the Premier League and when the chance to talk with QPR and Harry came up, he jumped at the opportunity," said Barry McIntosh, Alvarez's representative.

The deal could be announced soon, and he will offer valuable depth behind starting full backs Isla and Yun Suk-young, whilst he was tipped for a move to Leicester earlier this season, with his compatriot Esteban Cambiasso lobbying with the Foxes to sign him.

That didn't materialise, but it finally looks like Alvarez will join one of the promoted sides, having suitably impressed QPR whilst training with them in recent weeks.

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