QPR set to sign Juventus defender on loan

Harry Redknapp and Queens Park Rangers are set to unveil Mauricio Isla as the latest player to join their bid for Premier League survival next year, as the Hoops look to have signed the Chilean on loan, reports talkSPORT. A Juventus player, he brings into the side a wealth of experience and talent, as he becomes the third high-profile defensive signing that Loftus Road has made this summer.

Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker have both already been brought into the side as Harry Redknapp looks to revamp his backline ahead of next season. Isla will join them as Rangers aim to let as few goals get past them next year as possible.

The news first broke on Isla’s Twitter account on Tuesday, although the player promptly took the message down. However, it is expected that Isla will be unveiled on Wednesday, just a day after the club confirmed the £6 million signing of Jordon Mutch from Cardiff City.

Isla has represented Juventus for the past two years, clocking up 25 Serie A appearances in that time. Before that, he was a regular in the Udinese side in Italy, making 125 appearances for them and scoring 6 goals in the Italian top flight. The player has also been capped 27 times for his national side, Chile.

At 26 years old, he brings a combination of youth and experience that Redknapp will hope can benefit his dressing room. Rangers are aiming for Premier League survival next year, and should they achieve it then they might be in a position to sign Isla permanently in 12 months time.

Updated: August 7, 2014 — 11:30 pm
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