FORMER Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter is set to join Queens Park Rangers after leaving Stamford Bridge.
The defender, 24, has agreed a three-year-deal with the Championship side.
And he will be new manager Michael Beale's first signing at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
A medical is expected to take place this week before the deal is officially confirmed.
Clarke-Salter made 31 appearances on loan with Coventry City last season.
And QPR have pipped Mark Robins' side to the signing.
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Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers were also thought to be in the running for the former England Under-21 international.
Clarke-Salter opted to join QPR ahead of the other interested clubs having worked with Beale in the Chelsea academy.
Clarke-Salter had been with Chelsea since he was a child in 2008.
But he only ever managed two appearances for the first team.
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And Clarke-Salter spent time on loan with a number of clubs, including Birmingham City and Vitesse Arnhem.
The Blues confirmed that the academy graduate was being released at the end of his contract this summer.
And he will now link up with former Chelsea youth coach Beale a short distance across west London.
QPR are looking to mount a promotion push under Beale next season, having come close to a play-off spot under Mark Warburton before falling away late on last term.
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