QPR make surprise bid for Chelsea defender

Queens Park Rangers have made an official bid for Chelsea defender Alex and hope to have the defender in place for next week, Sky Sports reports.

The 29 year old defender submitted a transfer request before Christmas at Stamford Bridge, which was accepted by manager Andre Villas Boas. The Blues boss then asked Alex to train with the reserves and refused to recall him to the side, even when Chelsea had a defensive injury crisis. Gary Cahill’s arrival in West London is expected to be confirmed in the near future and that leaves the Brazilian defender surplus to requirements with the Blues.

Alex has been connected with QPR all window, but the dismissal of former manager Neil Warnock made the deal seem unlikely. However, new man Mark Hughes is still interested in Alex and the bid states the intentions from the Rs. QPR face competition from Brazilian side Santos and Italian giants AC Milan for the defender, but their bid is the first contact Chelsea have received for the player.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes revealed on Wednesday that he was hopeful to spend money early in the transfer market and wanted players in place before the weekend’s game with Newcastle. If QPR can rush through the negotiations with Alex, they may have him ready to make his debut at the Sports Direct Arena. The offer for Alex is undisclosed at the moment, but is rumoured to be in the region of £3m for the 29 year old. Alex signed for Chelsea in 2003, but spent four years on loan at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven before signing for the Blues.

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