QPR plan January spending

But the Malaysian entrepreneur says a summer revamp is unlikely if

the Londoners stay in the Premier League this season. Fernandes,

who took control of the Loftus Road club in August, feels Rangers

need to bolster their resources after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to

Norwich highlighted weaknesses in their squad. “We have to

strengthen our squad. (On Saturday) we had so many injuries, we

just don’t have a deep enough squad,” said the aviation tycoon, who

also runs Team Lotus in Formula One. “I was given 10 days to buy

players (at the end of August) and we picked up six or seven in

that period and did pretty well. We need to keep building the

squad, and we also need to keep building the youth squads, which is

important as well.” Asked what he would be looking for, Fernandes

replied: “That’s really (manager) Neil (Warnock)’s call, but we

need to keep strengthening the back, we are short of keepers for a

start, and up front we could do with a bit more firepower. “We’re

having a meeting in the first week of December to discuss that with

the shareholders. “It could be maybe three, four (players), I don’t

know. You could end up with none if you don’t find anyone. We had

six or seven in the last transfer window, which is way above what I

thought we’d get. “It depends. At the last minute some things come

up. It’s very hard to tell.” While planning to make additions in

January, Fernandes hopes QPR will be more settled come the end of

the season. “I think you can see from my life in Formula One that

I’m not a revamper,” he added. “I like stability. I don’t make

decisions and chop and change. That’s bad. “We’ve a great manager,

we’ve the nucleus of a great team, so I don’t see a wholesale

change.” In an effort to find fresh talent, Fernandes recently sent

out a tweet on Twitter asking for fans to come up with the

suggestions, with the response overwhelming. “That was superb.

Without blowing my own trumpet, I have to say it was inspired by

me,” said Fernandes. “You effectively have 100,000 scouts out there

for you, and there is no way QPR could know every single player.

“Suddenly we have players we’ve never heard of, and Neil is looking

at videos and thinking ‘not bad’. “It was seen as another mad Tony

Fernandes moment, but there was no harm, no downside.” Fernandes

believes strengthening the defence, attack and finding another

goalkeeper are the priorities. “We have to strengthen our squad.

It’s just not deep enough,” said Fernandes. “I feel we maybe need

three, four. We could end up with none if we don’t find anyone. “We

had six or seven in the last transfer window, which is way above

what I thought we’d get. “It depends. At the last minute some

things come up. It’s very hard to tell.”