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Harry Redknapp hopes to seal a loan deal for the midfielder after a deal to sign Lassana Diarra fell through, while Ignasi Miquel looks set for permanent move to Norwich City

By Wayne Veysey

QPR have opened talks with Arsenal over a loan move for midfielder Francis Coquelin, Goal understands.

Rangers have made a late push for the 23-year-old Frenchman after a deal to sign ex-Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diarra collapsed.

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The Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder had appeared set to join the newly promoted Londoners but the move fell through on deadline day.

Harry Redknapp has now sanctioned a swoop for Coquelin, who spent last season on loan at Freiburg and is a fringe player in Arsene Wenger's squad.

Redknapp is also closing in on a deal to sign Sandro from Tottenham, with the Brazilian midfielder set to bring further Premier League experience to the squad.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are close to finalising an agreement with Norwich City for the permanent transfer of Ignasi Miquel.

The Spanish 21-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has been told that he can leave Emirates Stadium in search of regular first-team football.

It was originally thought that Miquel's protracted move to Carrow Road would be on loan but the Canaries are now hoping to secure him on a permanent deal.

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