QPR boss confirms Perone offer

QPR manager Neil Warnock has confirmed he intends to sign Brazilian defender Bruno Perone.

The 24-year-old has been on trial with the R’s for a month and featured in several pre-season matches – the last of which ended in a 3-1 defeat at Luton on Friday.

He was initially regarded by the club as highly unlikely to be retained and was expected to look elsewhere after their recent trip to Devon and Cornwall.

But his performances convinced Warnock to take a longer look, and the R’s boss is now ready to offer him a contract.

Warnock told West London Sport: “I’m going to speak to Bruno about signing him permanently. I like him and he can also play in midfield.”

Perone is likely to be told he would be signed as a reserve, so must decide whether to accept Rangers’ offer or try his luck at another English club.  

A number of Championship sides have been monitoring his situation since his arrival in London.

The Sao Paulo-born player, who has an Italian passport, is currently registered with Brazilian outfit Tombense.

But he spent much of last season on loan with Spanish team Xerez – a former club of ex-QPR defender Gino Padula.

Warnock is this week also expected to complete the signing of Irish goalkeeper Brian Murphy following his trial.

Murphy is a free agent, having left Ipswich at the end of last season.