The Brazilian international has been heavily linked with a winter switch to the Saints over the course of the past few weeks following Artur Boruc’s injury woes.
Cesar – who was one of QPR’s top performers as they sipped to relegation last season – is thought to be keen to return to the top tier, but has shown a reluctance to reduce his current £90,000-per-week salary.
Southampton are willing to offer him a route back into the big time, but cannot match his earnings.
As a result they are demanding that he significantly lowers his expectations, and are hopeful that the ex-Inter Milan stopper will do so to save his World Cup dreams.
Cesar is currently in line to represent his nation at their home tournament next year, but he knows that plying his trade in the second tier of English football leaves him open to being dislodged by any one of a number of talented alternatives.
Arsenal have also been linked with the 34-year-old, but their interest is thought to have cooled in recent times.