Neil Warnock Talks With Possible New QPR Owner Tony Fernandes

Loftus Road club set for changes.

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Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock has  held “positive” talks with prospective QPR owner Tony Fernandes at the weekend.

Fernandes, the boss of Formula One’s Team Lotus, met Warnock in Italy on Saturday after watching the Premier League new boys win the pre-season Bortolotti Trofeo tournament.

QPR last week announced they were in talks with potential new owners, with the interested party having since been revealed to be Fernandes.

He has reportedly been in discussions with co-owners Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore during the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Malaysian businessman Fernandes last year lost out to David Sullivan and David Gold in trying to buy West Ham, the team he supports.

In March, Ecclestone suggested he is interested in selling his 69% stake in QPR for £100million. The club entered into talks with an unnamed group, with due diligence taking place.

Those discussions failed to reach an agreement, but Rangers last week released a statement saying “preliminary discussions with a different party” had started.

Almost a third of QPR’s stock is owned by the family of metals billionaire Lakshmi Mittal.

In May, vice-chairman Amit Bhatia, Mittal’s son-in-law, resigned from the board after a disagreement over ticket-price increases and changes to club management.

Warnock will be hoping any takeover will result in extra funds for him to spend on players, with Rangers restricted to free transfers so far this summer.

They have agreed a reported £1.25million fee for Blackpool striker DJ Campbell, who they hope to complete the signing of this week.

“Myself, Flavio and Tony all had a positive chat after the match on Saturday,” Warnock told the Daily Mail.

“We’ve already spoken about possible targets and he is a very positive chap.”

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