Neil Warnock reveals QPR tried to sign Liverpool's Craig Bellamy on transfer deadline day

The Hoops manager has confirmed that his side were interested in signing the Wales international, but admits he knew the deal would not happen after David Ngog left Anfield
Neil Warnock has revealed that QPR tried to sign Craig Bellamy on transfer deadline day.

The forward joined Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer in a late deal after being linked with clubs including Sunderland, Stoke City and Celtic throughout the summer.

Liverpool made space for the forward by selling striker David Ngog to Bolton Wanderers for £4 million on deadline day.

Warnock told talkSPORT: "I spoke to Craig Bellamy but he loves Liverpool and when Ngog went I knew that he’d be joining them."

Although the QPR manager missed out on Bellamy, he has secured reinforcements up front with new signings Jay Bothroyd from Cardiff City and DJ Campbell from Blackpool, in addition to signing influential midfielder Joey Barton from Newcastle United and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City.

Warnock went on to comment on the backing he has received in the transfer market from new owner Tony Fernandes.

He added: "The chairman Tony Fernandes has been fantastic and Amit Bhatia who has come on board with him.

"They’re just like little kids, it sounds silly but they’re so excited about the whole situation and they’ve really supported me.

"If I’m honest I was so pleased about this transfer window because it gave me a chance to sign these players.

"I quite like the idea of just doing away with the transfer window but really it helped me enormously because I had to do in 10 days what I really should have been doing in 12 or 14 weeks.

"It’s the longest 10 days I’ve ever done, mentally I’m on about, working 20 hours a day. The chairman was in Malaysia so I was speaking to him at one o’clock in the morning somedays. It was one long slog to get all these players in."