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Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes will not be forced into buying players for the sake of it.
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QPR won't panic buy insists Fernandes
QPR Chairman insists any business will be done in a calm and controlled way.

QPR CHAIRMAN TONY FERNANDES has shrugged off suggestions the club is panic-buying after their 5-0 defeat at home to Swansea last weekend.

The club have been linked with Tottenham’s Michael Dawson and a loan move for Ricardo Carvalho, with both players expected to arrive at Loftus Road.

Manager Mark Hughes is also in the hunt for a goalkeeper as he aims to improve on last season’s narrow escape from relegation, but Fernandes insists there is no panic.

“We are in discussions (over new signings) but QPR have got to run a sensible business,” he said.

“I think people out there think we are just throwing money and panic buying. But I think we are very calm at what we want.”

The QPR wage bill is already substantial, with Carvalho and Dawson potentially joining a long list of summer signings including Robert Green, Ji-Sung Park, Jose Bosingwa and Junior Hoilett.

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Banned former captain Joey Barton is another high-profile name on a large weekly payroll, but Fernandes is hopeful of offloading the midfielder, with discussions over a potential loan deal to Marseille still ongoing.

“There are many things that are happening with Joey, and it’s just like anything else, it all happens in the last nine days of the transfer window,” he said.

“Nothing’s confirmed and Joey’s very much a QPR player at the moment. He’s done us proud in the past, so we’ll just wait and see what happens.”

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