Aug 28 2012 By Paul Warburton
QPR have not given up hope of landing a central defender before the transfer window slams shut on Friday.
Deals for Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho appear to have fallen through – but boss Mark Hughes is urgently sifting through his options to beat the deadline.
The Rs boss is considering a loan move for Porto centre-back Rolando as a means of plugging the gap at a club not averse to a last-day whirl of activity.
On deadline day a year ago, Rangers signed three that included a midnight dash for defender Anton Ferdinand to out his signature on the dotted line before hopes turned to pumpkins.
Now Hughes (pic) wants competition for the central back.
“It was the plan at the beginning of the window (to add a central defender),” said Hughes. “Of all the players we wanted – it was the one position we haven’t been able to address.
“But we’re looking at it, and hoping to get one more player. I’m not sure we’ll do it – but we’re trying.”