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QPR closing in on Cisse

Queens Park Rangers are set to complete the signing of Djibril Cisse from Lazio before Tuesday night, ESPNsoccernet has been informed.

• Transfer blog: On The Move Live

Cisse only joined Lazio from Panathinaikos last summer but the former Liverpool and Sunderland striker has emerged as a top target for new QPR boss Mark Hughes.

A fee in the region of £4 million is said to have been agreed between the two clubs, with Lazio reportedly keen to reinvest the money in CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda.

Meanwhile, QPR have confirmed the signing of Nancy midfielder Samba Diakite on loan until the end of the season, with the deal including an option whereby the move can be made permanent.

Hughes said on the club's official website: "Samba is a young player who has made an impression on French football. There has been a lot of interest in him from top Clubs in France so we have done really well to get him in.

"He is a good age, has got strength, power, can carry the ball and can score goals from midfield on occasions. He will give us more physical presence and athleticism in the middle of the park so he is going to be a good addition."

Mali international Diakite, who has made 15 Ligue 1 appearances for Nancy this season, said: "It is a dream to join a Premier League club. The board and the manager have big ambitions to achieve and I am delighted to join a Club with such goals.

"I have always enjoyed watching English football and I can't wait to return from the African Nations Cup and give my all for the club. It is a very exciting move for me."

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