QPR manager Neil Warnock: We wanted Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy

Loftus Road boss has revealed that the club made offers for former West Ham captain and Welsh striker but insists Joey Barton was always top of his list of transfer targets

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock has admitted that the club had made offers for Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy during the final days of the transfer window.

The Hoops boss managed to secure the high profile signings of Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips and also secured moves for Anton Ferdinand, Luke Young, Armand Traore and Jason Puncheon on loan.  

With the financial backing of new owner Tony Fernandes QPR joined the hunt for Bellamy and Parker who instead opted to join Liverpool and Tottenham respectively.

Warnock told Sky Sports News: “We missed out on Craig [Bellamy] but in fairness to Craig he rang me at midnight and thanked me for my interest.

“It was a thing that I knew right from day one that if David Ngog went from Liverpool, he would be going there.

“I’ve always liked Craig and when that didn’t happen, we took a last minute gamble on Puncheon.

“It is not really a gamble, we’ve only got him until January so it just gives somebody else and opportunity.

“Somebody who was desperate to come. He was that desperate I didn’t even know he was here until Sky Sports News picked it up. I thought it was funny that.”

The ex-Crystal Palace boss insisted that Barton was always his first choice despite being linked with a host of midfielders.

“After the Bolton game, [Fernandes] said ‘what about Scott Parker?’ and I said yeh and fobbed it off really,” he continued.

“It was 24 hours later when I realised he was probably serious and we made a substantial offer for Scott, but I think in the circumstances I always knew that Tottenham would have him they came in.

“But it showed me what quality was. When he asked me for number of players, Joey Barton was top of my list before Scott.

“I had a list of midfield players and other areas, full-backs in particular. I gave them the list and he told me to go and get them and it was just fantastic.

“I felt sorry for the chief exec Phil Beard, who had only come on the scene that week. He must’ve wondered what hit him to be all of a sudden involved in a deadline where we are trying to sign five or six players.

“It was chaotic but I don’t think we could have done much better in what we did.”