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QPR draw blanks shooting for Keane and Defoe

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Robbie Keane and family are loving LA life. Credit: PA

QPR manager Harry Redknapp denies having made approaches for strikers Robbie Keane or Jermain Defoe, both of whom worked with the 67-year-old when he was manager of Tottenham and now play in Major League Soccer.

"Robbie's an amazing footballer, one of the best professionals I've come across. He's gone over there and been the best player in the league, he hasn't gone there for a holiday," Redknapp said.

"But he belongs to the LA Galaxy and is the star man of their team and league. We've never made an enquiry about him. They wouldn't let him go.

"I've never spoken to Jermain. I asked about him in the summer, but he was too expensive and the club wouldn't let him go anyway. He's a top player."

Tony Fernandes praises QPR unity

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Fernandes has praised the unity of QPR's squad. Credit: PA

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has praised the unity among the squad at Loftus Road amid newspaper allegations of an altercation involving a number of players on Sunday - with defender Steven Caulker requiring hospital treatment for a head cut.

A report suggested there was a fracas at a social event involving both QPR and Crystal Palace players but it is understood England international Caulker fell and banged his head and that no-one else was involved in the incident with no offences alleged.

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Team is very United and really playing for each other. Steven caulker slipped over and hurt his head and is fine. Nothing else to report.

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Great team spirit. We are one. Best I've seen since being chairman. A few sensational headlines but team has done us proud.

Barton: QPR 'poles apart' from 2012/13 team

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Barton has recently returned from a hamstring problem. Credit: PA

QPR midfielder Joey Barton believes this current Rangers side is "poles apart" from the one that finished bottom of the Barclays Premier League two years ago.

Barton spent the campaign on loan at Marseille as Rangers finished 15 points adrift of safety in 2013 and paid the price for a lack of cohesion on and off the field.

Harry Redknapp was unable to rescue the west Londoners after taking over in November that season but his side have made more of a positive start to their return to the top flight.

The performances we have put in at Loftus Road have been exceptional, even in defeat sometimes. The team spirit and togetherness of the football club is poles apart from that side which went out of the league with a whimper.

We came up and we want to give a good account of ourselves. Slowly but surely we are doing that. To look at the table and see yourselves not in the bottom three is always heart-warming.

Hopefully at the end of May that's the case because that will be job done and goal achieved. There's a long way to go. This is the 15th game.

– QPR midfielder Joey Barton

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Burnley lose Ward and Duff for QPR trip

Burnley are expected to be without both Stephen Ward and Michael Duff as they bid to stretch their four-game unbeaten run at QPR.

Republic of Ireland international Ward will see a specialist on Friday for an ankle injury he picked up in the midweek draw with Newcastle, while fellow defender Duff is still not quite ready to return from his calf strain.

Striker Sam Vokes is edging closer to a first-team return following his long-term knee injury after scoring a brace in a 70-minute outing for the development squad on Wednesday.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Mee, Reid, Wallace, Kightly, Cisak, Sordell, Marney, Jutkiewicz, Boyd, Gilks, Keane, Long, Barnes, Arfield, Ings, Chalobah, Jones.

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