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QPR squeezed out as Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle enter race for defender

QPR look like being squeezed out of the race to sign Hearts defender Aaron Hickey as several top clubs are now showing an interest.

The Daily Record recently reported that the R’s were keen on Hickey and had been watching him ahead of a possible move.

But The Sun say a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, are now tracking the youngster.

Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton and Norwich are also said to have watched the 17-year-old in action against Glasgow Rangers at the weekend.

QPR certainly look like they could do with defensive reinforcements – they are fourth in the Championship but have not kept a clean sheet this season.

They had to settle for a draw against Reading after failing to deal with John Swift’s cross into their box, allowing Sam Baldock to score a simple equaliser.

However, R’s boss Mark Warburton defended his players after the game and insisted his centre-backs should not take all of the blame.

“It’s more (about) the cross coming in,” Warburton said, as reported by West London Sport.

“It’s too easy to go ‘it’s the defender or the defensive unit’, but the fact was we didn’t stop the cross. You get out and you stop the cross.

“But they’re not machines. They’re human beings and have good days and not-so good days and that’s life.

“What we‘ve got to recognise is that if that’s below our normal levels and we still come away with a point, then we’re not in a bad place.

“To lead twice – to be 2-1 up and then give such a poor goal away – is a kick in the teeth.

“But, if that’s below our best, nowhere near our normal levels of performance, and we still get a point and are sitting fourth in the table, then we’ll take it.”