QPR boss hopeful of Diakite signing

QPR boss Mark Hughes has confirmed he is trying to capture Nancy’s Mali midfielder Samba Diakité before next week’s transfer deadline.

Lyon are also interested in the 23-year-old, who is currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

But Hughes is hopeful the player will choose a move to west London and beef up Rangers’ midfield options in the wake of Alejandro Faurlin’s knee injury.

Hughes said: “We’re hoping to progress with that. He’s a player I like and one I think could help us.

“We’re having conversations about it and hopefully it will lead to something happening.”

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