Sport Rodgers showered praise on Balotelli last week, which led to speculation he could sign the AC Milan front man

Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

Erik Lamela scored during Tottenham's 6-1 win over Celtic

Pre-season round-up:Erik Lamela on target again as Tottenham smash Celtic for six while Newcastle go down to Malaga

Six different scorers help Spurs to a 6-1 win in Helsinki

Norwich player Leroy Fer celebrates after scoring the second goal

Queens Park Rangers transfer news: Southampton rival Rangers for Leroy Fer as Newcastle eye another Loic Remy swoop

Redknapp will have to fight off late interest to sign Dutch star from Norwich

France striker Loic Remy

Loic Remy latest: QPR striker told to resolve future following collapsed move to Liverpool

Harry Redknapp has suggested the France international commit his future to the west London club

Mathieu Valbuena celebrates with Olivier Giroud

West Ham United transfer news: Mathieu Valbuena now a Hammers target after Queens Park Rangers move stalls

Frenchman nears Premier League switch despite seeking La Liga move

Joey Barton at the Oxford Union, where he addressed the students

Joey Barton continues criticism of Israel-Gaza conflict on Twitter after Yossi Benayoun dispute

QPR midfielder refuses to relent in Twitter tirade against the conflict in Gaza

QPR: 2014/15 Premier League fixtures and results

Our comprehensive guide to all of the 2014/15 fixtures

Rio Ferdinand is presented as a QPR player

Rio Ferdinand reveals Ryan Giggs wanted him to remain at Manchester United

van Gaal's arrival appears to have been the deciding factor in QPR move

France striker Loic Remy

Loic Remy to Liverpool move OFF after medical concerns

The QPR striker flew to Boston earlier in the week to finalise his transfer

QPR transfer news: Julio Cesar returns from Toronto loan spell ahead of expected departure

Harry Redknapp has previously confirmed that he expects Cesar to leave the Premier League club

Queens Park Rangers transfer news: Harry Redknapp nearing Mathieu Valbuena coup

Newly promoted QPR could be set to make a move for French star

Yossi Benayoun (left) and Joey Barton

Joey Barton and Yossi Benayoun become involved in Twitter row over Israel-Gaza conflict

The Queens Park Rangers midfielder was accused of being 'stupid' by the Israeli international

Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick to beat Manchester United

QPR transfer news: Harry Redknapp plots bid for ex-Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o - reports

QPR boss Redknapp looking to sign former Barcelona star to aid survival bid

New recruit Steven Caulker

QPR complete deal for Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker

The centre-back will line up alongside Rio Ferdinand at Loftus Road

REVEALED: 13 Premier League clubs increase ticket prices, with Manchester City cheapest and Arsenal most costly

The average price of a season ticket to watch a top-flight side stands at £526. (Click the table above to enlarge)

Rio Ferdinand is presented as a QPR player

QPR transfer news: Completed summer deals, including Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker

A look at the players who have arrived at Loftus Road this summer and those who have departed

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape