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The top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s national newspapers.
Steven Gerrard faces three weeks on the sidelines after limping out of Liverpool’s 3-2 over Tottenham with a hamstring injury.
Director of football Les Ferdinand and caretaker boss Chris Ramsey could be given the job of saving Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season. Michael Laudrup is not available until at least the summer while Tim Sherwood, Real Madrid No 2 Paul Clement, and ex-R’s coach Steve McClaren are not interested.
Lassana Diarra’s move to West Ham has collapsed due to UEFA red-tape problems. The France international has also been linked to Newcastle and QPR.
Swansea boss Garry Monk wants to bring IFK Gothenburg’s top scorer Lasse Vibe, 27, to the Liberty Stadium. The Denmark international could be available for around £2.5million in the summer.
Artur Boruc wants to make his loan move from Southampton to Bournemouth permanent if he the Cherries can win promotion to the Premier League.
Former Leicester defender Sean St Ledger is set to sign for new Major League Soccer Orlando City.
Arsenal have been handed a double boost over the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere but Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) will be out for three weeks. Forward Sanchez (knee) should be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round visit of Middlesbrough while midfielder Wilshere (ankle) is back training and is set to return to the squad to face Boro after not playing for the Gunners since November.
QPR vice-chairman Tony Fernandes is due in London next week with support growing for caretaker boss Chris Ramsey to be confirmed in the job.
Stoke midfielder Bojan Krkic has had successful surgery on his cruciate knee ligament injury.
Ray Whelan, the British executive arrested in Brazil on suspicion of money laundering and ticket touting during the 2014 World Cup, is a free man after a Rio de Janeiro court ruled that there was insufficient evidence against him.
Celtic are set to form a partnership with Guinean champion AS Kaloum. The Hoops have also set up a link with Limerick club Pike Rovers to cherry-pick the best young Irish talent.

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