Alex and Henrique close on Rs moves

QPR have edged closer to making their first signings of the Mark Hughes era after agreeing fees for Chelsea defender Alex and young Brazilian striker Henrique.

Alex, who is also Brazilian and surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of England centre-back Gary Cahill, is thought to have opened talks with Rangers.

Brazil Under-20 star Henrique is expected to join QPR on loan initially with an option to buy him from Sao Paulo for £5m after 18 months.

His move is dependant on being granted a work permit at an appeal hearing, as he is not a full international and does not qualify automatically.