ESPN.co.uk, amongst other news sources, are reporting that former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is close to signing for Queens Park Rangers on loan.

Here are three reasons why Mark Hughes has conducted a good piece of business.

Depth desperately needed

Even with the reported imminent signing of Michael Dawson, QPR look threadbare at central defence.

Even with the sheer number of summer signings brought into the squad for Saturday's defeat to Swansea, the Rs fielded a modest pairing of Anton Ferdinand and Clint Hill.

That's not a pairing to lean on. Carvalho and Dawson though? That could work.

Experience matters

Ferdinand and Hill have had OK careers, experiencing both lower Premier League and Championship seasons. Carvalho has won the title and played for Real Madrid and FC Porto.

Bringing a player like that into the dressing room does wonders for player's confidence, especially after a 5-0 thumping.

He's probably still got it

OK, so he's not playing consistent first team football for Madrid or Portugal anymore, but he's definately still got something to offer Mark Hughes.

He made several international appearances in the qualifying phase for Euro 2012, only to be ousted by the supremely talented Pepe and Bruno Alves.

He won't play 30 games, but he'll play 15 and he'll put in some good performances - that's a certainty.

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