Liverpool are set to complete a deal to sign Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker on loan until the end of the season, according to reports.
The England man has been on loan at Southampton this season but a lack of playing time means Liverpool are hoping that arrangement can be cancelled and he can move to Anfield for the remainder of the campaign.
Caulker's last appearance for Southampton was, ironically, against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup when they were thrashed 6-1.
Manager Jurgen Klopp currently has Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren sidelined by hamstring injuries and although fellow centre-backs Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) both look likely to be fit for Wednesday's visit of Arsenal, the German feels he needs more cover.
QPR have appointed former manager Chris Ramsey as technical director.
The 53-year-old was sacked by the club in November, being replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but has returned to Loftus Road.
Ramsey was in charge of Rangers between February and November last year, winning nine of his 32 games as they were relegated from the Premier League last season.
And director of football Les Ferdinand revealed Ramsey had a clause in his contract which paved the way for his comeback.
Ferdinand told the club's official site:
Whilst we were disappointed things didn't work out with Chris at first team level earlier in the season, we were determined to retain his services at QPR.
As such, we actually put a clause in his contract which allowed us to retain Chris's services in a player-development role should things not work out for him as head coach.
Chris knows academy football inside-out and having put the building blocks in place for a lot of the good restructuring work that's been done here over the past 11 months, he can come in and make an instant impact in an environment he has helped build.
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New QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists no one will "pinch" Charlie Austin in January.
Striker Austin is expected to be a target for a host of Premier League clubs when the transfer window reopens, and his £15million summer price tag will have dropped with just six months remaining on his contract.
But the 26-year-old is understood to be happy to stay at Loftus Road and Hasselbaink has warned off any potential suitors.
"You don't pinch. He's not going to be pinched," said the Dutchman.
"I'm looking forward to working with Charlie, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone else as well."
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Harry Redknapp has backed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to reach the Championship play-offs after he became QPR's new manager today.
Redknapp guided the Super Hoops into the play-offs in 2014 when a dramatic Wembley winner from Bobby Zamora sealed promotion to the Premier League.
But QPR were relegated the following season, with Redknapp deserting them midway through the campaign after he was frustrated in the January transfer window.
Wish Jimmy all the best. QPR’s a good club with good owners. They can still make the play-offs, Charlie’s very important.
Posting on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon, Redknapp said:
"Wish Jimmy all the best. QPR’s a good club with good owners. They can still make the play-offs, Charlie’s [Austin] very important."
Hassebaink takes over from Chris Ramsey, who replaced Redknapp last season but couldn't avoid relegation, and was dismissed last month after a poor run of results in the Championship.
QPR have confirmed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager with the former Burton Albion boss agreeing to a rolling contract.
He will be joined at Loftus Road by his assistant at Burton, David Oldfield, and the pair were earlier spotted taking their first training session.
Hasselbaink guided Burton to the League Two title in 2014/15 and leaves them at the top of League One after 20 matches this season.
QPR, meanwhile, are just two points off the Championship play-off places after back-to-back victories under departing caretaker boss Neil Warnock.
Hasselbaink told QPR's official website:
It was not an easy decision to leave Burton, but when you get the opportunity to come somewhere like QPR, with the club where it is and the squad we have at our disposal, it was something I couldn’t turn down. I feel that this is a club on the up – it has an exciting feeling about it. And I want to keep that feeling going by taking more positive strides forward.
I am happy to get the opportunity here at QPR, to lead the QPR family, be at the front of it all, put my stamp on things and take the club forward. This is an incredibly proud moment for me and I will give my all to represent the badge of the club.
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QPR are hoping to name Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new permanent manager by Friday.
Hasselbaink has guided Burton Albion to the top of League One after 20 matches, having won promotion with the Staffordshire club as League Two Champions in 2014/15.
The former Chelsea striker is thought to be interested in joining QPR, who would offer him a huge pay rise and the funds to build a squad capable of sustaining Premier League football.
QPR are negotiating with Burton over a possible compensation package should Hasselbaink decide on moving to Loftus Road after dismissing Chris Ramsey in early November.
Neil Warnock, who had joined the club as first team advisor two weeks before Ramsey's departure, has been in temporary charge since then and will take the R's to Reading for this week's Championship fixture.
When QPR line-up to face Reading on Thursday evening, the club hope to have a contract agreed with Hasselbaink in time for an announcement on Friday.
Former QPR forward Trevor Sinclair, a friend of the 43-year-old, who also had spells at Leeds, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Cardiff, believes Hasselbaink could make the move.
Sinclair told to talkSPORT:
I've had a couple of discussions with Jim over the last few days so yes it is something that could happen.
Obviously the contact has come out in the papers now and it is something that could happen, so watch this space.