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QPR close to signing international defender- Was at World Cup

QPR are close to signing Australian international defender Trent Sainsbury, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The 26-year-old is currently on the books at Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning but is looking for a move away this summer. He spent last season on loan at Grasshoppers in Switzerland.

QPR have been in the hunt for some new signings as they look to prepare for their upcoming Championship campaign. Their new manager, Steve McClaren, is looking to bolster his defence by bringing in an international defender into his ranks.

Trent Sainsbury started his career in Australia with spell at Perth Glory and AIS as a youngster before being snapped up by Central Coast Mariners in 2010. He also had a brief spell with Sheffield United’s academy in his early career.

He spent four seasons playing for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and impressed for them. He earned himself a move to the Dutch Eredivisie with PEC Zwolle in 2014. He spent two years in Holland before moving to China to join Jiangsu Suning in 2016 for $1.5 million.

Sainsbury was initially a key first-team player in the Chinese Super League and played 41 games in his first season at the club. However, he played only 5 times for them in the 2016/17 campaign and was loaned out to Inter Milan for the remainder of the season, where he played just once.

He then had a stint at Grasshopper last season but now wants to find a new permanent home. QPR in the Championship would be a great move for him and is a deal that could happen for him.

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