QPR 'in discussions' over signing international defender, but Roma may hijack bid

QPR are reportedly interested in Porto defender Rolando - but so are Roma.

QPR are still without a point away from Loftus Road this season after losing 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon.

Moussa Sissoko's goal condemned Harry Redknapp's men to another away defeat, and Burnley's win at Stoke City means QPR now sit bottom of the Premier League table.

It's quite clear where QPR are struggling. With 23 goals conceded, QPR have leaked the most amount of goals in the Premier League this season, and improving that in January has to be a priority for manager Redknapp.

Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand were brought in over the summer but have struggled to make an impact so far in West London, leaving Redknapp to consider a number of January additions.

It's believed that on a list of names for potential signings, Porto centre back Rolando figures prominently.

The 29-year-old was highly rated during his time in Portugal with Belenenses and then Porto, earning a place in the Portugal national team and loan moves to Italian giants Napoli and Inter Milan.

Now back at Porto, new manager Julen Lopetegui hasn't even played Rolando this season, and a January exit looks to be on the cards.

A move to QPR could be in the best interests of all, with West London Sport saying that the club have held international discussions over a bid to sign him - but Redknapp isn't the only one monitoring his situation ahead of the winter transfer window.

Serie A side Roma reportedly want to bring him back to Italy too, with injury concerns growing over Leandro Castan and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Joining Rudi Garcia's side - who are in the Champions League - would surely be more appealing than a switch to QPR, so Redknappy may end up having to look at more options on that list of his.

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