You have to laugh! Fernandes keeps giving it the "Big I am", talking about how he is going to flash the cash and turn QPR into a major force in football, but when it comes to the crunch, well it's an all too familiar whimper. The latest publicity stunt is to offer for Tomkins. Now never mind that our JT is not what QPR need at the moment - Faye would probably be a better short term bet - the joke is the sum offered for a player who will, in time, play for England.
£3m for James Tomkins? They had as much chance of landing him at that price as they had of signing Scott Parker! It looks good in the headlines, of course, and it winds up the Davids no doubt, but if anybody thought we would part at that price, then they know sweet FA about football!
So, who is Fernandes going to bid for next, and how much? He's after a couple of Spurs players of course. Expect a £2m offer for Pavlyuchenko and a £3m bid for Jermaine Defoe any time soon. The offers won't be accepted, of course, but Fernandes will talk big and fool the Rs fans for a little bit longer. Then Beckham will be linked with the club again even though he has confirmed again that he has no intention of paying tax at 50%.
No player will be safe. Fernandes will be after them all, like Noo-Noo on LSD sucking up anything in his path. But will he pay money, real money, big money? Probably not. The secret is to get the publicity, not the player - that could be a very expensive business!
Who has he "bought" so far? Arsenal discard Traore for an undisclosed fee - Fernandes didn't want the fans to know how little was paid up front no doubt; and Newcastle outcast Joey Barton who cost, well nothing actually; and Aston Villa reject Luke Young for, well another undisclosed low fee; and Sunderland misfit Anton Ferdinand for yet another undisclosed fee; and Wright-Phillips for, surprise, surprise, yet another undisclosed fee, which probably amounts to the guy's wages for three years.
The Wright-Phillips signing says it all. Who else tried to sign him? Big spending Bolton, Stoke and Wigan all of whom probably wanted him on loan with Unreal City still paying 50% of the guy's wages!
Now I'm not knocking the signings here. Barton, Young and Wright-Phillips all represent astute business and Anton and Traore are not complete mugs. Full marks to Warnock for doing Redknapp style business! But my point is that for all his self publicity, Fernandes has not actually shelled out any real money yet. And I very much doubt he ever will!
There's talk of a £15m war chest for January which, funnily enough, is the figure quoted year in and year out for West Ham. How much of that ever materialised? Three or four million tops! The Grrrs are ranting about this article below but let's see who is right at the end of January shall we? Defoe to QPR? Really?