Another day, another fruitless bid. Yesterday it was Samba, today Pienaar, tomorrow Alex. Not surprisingly, players are reluctant to join QPR in 17th place in the Premiership, and clubs are not happy to deal on the basis of QPR signing now and paying later.
The latest rumour centres are Muntari who, it seems, may join the Hoops on loan. It's not exactly Tevez, but he could do a job, if there is any truth in the rumour. And, of course, there wouldn't be a transfer fee involved!
Rs fans are feeding off of the excitement of window shopping at the moment. We could have a Pienaar, an Alex, a Samba and a Tevez. Well we can all dream as we walk around a Porshe showroom can't we? But when it comes to having the funds...well that's another matter.
Mind you Beard did say to expect nothing to happen for a couple of weeks, so who knows? The trouble is, with clubs obliged to operate with maximum squad sizes of 25, there aren't a lot of surplus players sloshing around. Even the deal to sign the distinctly average Onuoha looks to be on hold due to the suspension of Kompany.
And that's why 'Arry won't let Pienaar go - he knows that qualification for the Champions League is worth far more than QPR can afford to play for the former Toffee. 'Arry may only have started the South African 5 times so far, but that doesn't mean he won't get more game time before the season ends as key matches come thick and fast just as muscles and joints begin to ache.
Of course, the situation is complicated by the Africa Cup of Nations. A huge chunk of players are both off the market and out of the reckoning for selection, making clubs even more reluctant to trim their squads still further.
All of which means that Fernandes can show intent without much chance of having to sign a cheque. But window shopping can be fun, can't it?