Palace to sign Cavalieri

Roy Hodgson says that Crystal Palace is close to completing the signing of goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri.

The 35-year-old former Palmeiras, Liverpool and Cesena shot-stopper looks set to return to the Premier League from Fluminense where he has spent the past six years, making 229 appearances.

He will join the Eagles until the end of the season as cover for Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni.

Hodgson told Sky Sports: “Everything’s been agreed. It’s a question of paperwork now.

“We’ve only got two senior goalkeepers so his chances are great (of playing).”

An ex Brazilian national team keeper, Cavalieri made eight appearances for Liverpool from 2008 to 2010.

Hodgson, meanwhile, added that on-loan Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to return from his ankle injury next week, having been sidelined since December 28.

He said: “The plan was, his first [practice match and full training] session was Monday, he was going to do another session on Tuesday and Wednesday was going to be a day off.

“He was due to sign off with Chelsea on either Thursday or Friday and come back to us at the weekend. That was the plan but that was before this other minor injury which occurred which they now have to look at. But we are still hopeful he will be back with us soon.

“We are hopeful that is not going to be a major issue and we are hopeful to see him back at Selhurst Park very soon.”