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Rangers close in on Rolando

ESPN staff
January 24, 2013
Rolando could be brought in at QPR to help solidify their defence © PA Photos

Harry Redknapp looks set to solve some of his central defensive issues, as Queens Park Rangers chase a deal for Porto defender Rolando.

With Ryan Nelsen now set to depart for Toronto FC after Tuesday's match against Manchester City and the club already lacking in that area, Redknapp has been working hard to bring in the right centre-half since arriving at the club.

Rolando, 27, has won 18 caps for Portugal and has attracted interest from a number of Serie A clubs. He has also told Porto that he wants to leave.

As such, it is understood that the Superliga club's financial director met QPR representatives on Wednesday night to discuss terms. Rolando himself, however, is still unsure of whether he wants a move to England or Italy.

Redknapp still has around £12 million to spend in this window and retains an interest in Blackburn Rovers' Martin Olsson, despite seeing a bid for the defender rejected earlier this month, as well as the Swede's team-mate, Scott Dann.

QPR have also been weighing up whether to take Chelsea's Florent Malouda, who would be available on a free, while on Thursday it was claimed by K-League side Chunnam Dragons that South Korea international Yun Suk-Young is bound for Loftus Road.

"He is expected to sign a contract with the QPR if he passes the test," read a short statement from the player's current club.

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