QPR owner Tony Fernandes: I queried potential Hoops signings

Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes admits he queried some of the players the club were offered at the start of his reign

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Tony Fernandes became QPR's majority shareholder in August 2011 Photo: Lotus

Tony Fernandes has admitted he queried some of the potential signings Queens Park Rangers were offered at the start of his ownership.

The Malaysian airline entrepreneur was unveiled as QPR’s majority shareholder on 18 August 2011 after paying £35m for Bernie Ecclestone’s 66 per cent share of the Loftus Road outfit.

QPR, who were relegated on Sunday, have been heavily criticised for their lavish transfer spending during their two-year spell in the English top flight, with Mark Hughes’s signings last summer earning particular scrutiny.

And Fernandes admits that he questioned some of the potential signings the club were offered at the very start of his ownership.

“At the time when we arrived we were offered a lot of players, many on free transfers,” Fernandes told QPR’s website.

“We questioned a few of these and it wouldn’t be fair for me to name names, but we weren’t long in the business and we deferred to the footballing side of the business.

“At the end of the day, we went with what the footballing side said.”

Fernandes also revealed current QPR boss Harry Redknapp has identified the members of the Hoops squad that the 66-year-old wants to keep in the Championship next season.

“We’ve been through who Harry wants to keep and who he is happy to let go,” Fernandes added.

“There are some that will want to stay, others that might want to move on.

“I am a positive person, so people will say I’m not being realistic, but if you go through player by player, we’ll sort it out. It’s not insurmountable.”

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