Chelsea confirm Alex offer

Chelsea confirm offer for Alex as QPR close in on signing

In demand: Chelsea defender Alex

In demand: Chelsea defender Alex

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that QPR are leading the way in the race to sign defender Alex.

Villas-Boas said on Thursday that the club had received an offer from a rival Barclays Premier League club.

New QPR boss Mark Hughes has expressed his interest in signing the player.

Villas-Boas said: 'From what I know from my chief executive, there has been an approach from a Premier League club.

'It is a player who we have accepted a transfer request for, so we have to listen to offers.'

Chelsea are planning to replace Alex with Bolton's Gary Cahill, who they have struggled to agree personal terms with.

Villas-Boas insisted he had set no deadline for a deal to be concluded and but was hopeful that would happen before the end of the week.

'Still an ongoing negotiation, not that we don't want it resolved as soon as possible,' said Villas-Boas, who refused to criticise Cahill or his representatives over the player's wage demands.

'I'm sure that all of the parties are protecting their interests.'

Villas-Boas denied that Chelsea had made a reported 25million bid for Lille star Eden Hazard but admitted he was a fan of the player.

Having his say: Andre Villas-Boas speaks to reporters on Thursday

Having his say: Andre Villas-Boas speaks to reporters on Thursday

The Blues boss confirmed Josh McEachran would go out on loan for the rest of the season – ostensibly to Swansea – after Saturday's game with Sunderland.

He also said Gael Kakuta's loan move to Dijon had not been concluded yet but expected it to happen 'soon'.

The French club have announced the move on their website, but it is not yet finalised.

Meanwhile, Florent Malouda is a doubt for the Sunderland game after failing to train for the last two days.