Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has told The Mirror he doesn’t believe his side are panic buying.
This is despite the imminent arrival of Tottenham defender Michael Dawson and Real Madrid centre-back Ricardo Carvalho following QPR’s surprise 5-0 home defeat to Swansea City. Mark Hughes is also rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian free agent Julio Caesar as a means of replacing Robert Green after the England international was at fault for the first goal in the 5-0 drubbing.
However, Rangers’ chairman Fernandes insists, “we have done some sensible business over the summer and we are not going to throw it away. We are here for the long run and we’ll do things properly.”
QPR have already been one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window signing nine players including Jose Bosingwa, Junior Hoilett, Ji-Sung Park, Ryan Nelsen, Fabio da Silva, Andrew Johnson and of course Robert Green as previously mentioned. These signings make QPR manager Mark Hughes one of the biggest spenders in transfer window history as he also splashed just under £200 million as manager of Manchester City.
Tony Fernandes says that whilst ideally like to bring in a few more faces, they must consider balancing an already soaring wage bill which is predicted to be now higher than the phenomenal 183% wage-to-turnover ratio they experienced at the end of the 2010/11 campaign when they had achieved promotion from the Championship. Fernandes told The Mirror, “we are in discussions but QPR have got to run a sensible business.”
One of the players rumoured to be leaving Loftus Road in order to alleviate the wage bill is controversial midfielder Joey Barton who is currently at loan at League 2 outfit Fleetwood Town so that he can accelerate the 12-match suspension he received from the Premier League for his misdemeanours at Manchester City on the closing day of last season. Barton is currently one of QPR’s top earners, bringing in £70,000 a week. Fernandes said of Barton, “There are many things happening with Joey, and it’s just like anything else, it all happens in the last nine days of the transfer window.”
Championship outfit Cardiff City also seem willing the help QPR ease the wage bill. They have already signed Paul Connolly and Heidar Helguson from the West London club and are also closing in on the signing of Tommy Smith who played under Cardiff manager Malky Mackay at Watford.
QPR will have the opportunity to rectify their disastrous start to the campaign when they travel to Carrow Road to face a Norwich City side who will be also licking their wounds after a poor start to the season at Fulham.
Ex-Chelsea man Jose Bosingwa is expected to make his debut for QPR, but it is thought that the game has arrived too soon for Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho to make their first appearances in a QPR shirt.