Hughes hoping for Onuoha talks

Player poised for talks after fee agreed with City

Nedum Onuoha: Could be set for QPR after Hoops boss Mark Hughes confirmed his interest in the Manchester City defender

QPR manager Mark Hughes has confirmed his interest in signing Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha and hopes to gain permission to talk to the player later on Thursday.

As revealed earlier by Sky Sports sources, the Loftus Road outfit have agreed a fee, believed to be in the region of £3million, for the 25-year-old.

The versatile defender has been frozen out at the Etihad Stadium, making just one league appearance from the bench so far this season.

Premier League rivals Bolton, Wolves, Everton and West Brom are also believed to be keen on signing the former England Under 21 star.

It is the Hoops though who appear to be in pole position to sign Onuoha after Hughes confirmed talks are on-going between the two clubs.

"We've obviously expressed an interest and I think it is progressing," said the 48-year-old, who is familiar with the player's talents following his 18-month spell as boss at the Etihad Stadium two years ago.

Confirmed

"I don't think we are at a point where we can confirm or really say it will definitely happen. We're hopeful but it has not been confirmed yet.

"There has been conversations between both clubs and if we can make it happen we will be delighted.

"I am not sure if we have totally been given permission to speak to the boy but certainly the two clubs are talking. Faxes are going back and forth, emails and what have you.

"I would like to think at some point today I'll be able to speak to him directly and make him understand what we want to do here."