Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar is set to become the next big name signing for Toronto FC, TSN can confirm.
The 34-year-old is expected to complete a loan move to Toronto from English Championship team Queens Park Rangers in the next few days. Cesar is a former teammate of Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen. The two played together at QPR.
Current Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik responded to the news on Friday night saying via Twitter: "A hit to my pride today but luckily I've got tons of it! Going to take in everything I can from a top shelf GK to better my abilities."
Cesar previously spent seven seasons in Italy with Inter Milan where he won five league titles and the 2010 Champions League. He has played 77 times for Brazil. The veteran goalkeeper has been replaced as first-choice at QPR this season and is keen to get action leading up to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Cesar is the latest addition to a club that has transformed its squad in the offseason with the signings of England international striker Jermain Defoe, United States midfielder Michael Bradley and Brazilian forward Gilberto, as well as experienced MLS talent such as Dwayne De Rosario, Justin Morrow and Jackson.
The Cesar signing was first reported in Brazilian media on Friday morning, but sources have now confirmed to TSN that the deal is currently being finalized and could be completed early next week.