QPR owner Tony Fernandes: We will only move for David Beckham if it makes good sense to the club

The tycoon told Goal.com that he will evaluate whether signing the former England captain would suit the interests of the club and emphasised the importance of a new stadium
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has admitted he will only attempt to sign David Beckham in January if it is in the wider interests of the club.

The aviation tycoon, who completed his takeover of the west London club in August, has spoken openly of his desire to sign the LA Galaxy star when his contract ends in November.

But in an exclusive interview with Goal.com, Fernandes said that he would "evaluate" any possible deal to ensure that it was financially viable to the club.

When asked whether a move for Beckham could be in the offing, he said: "I don't know. Never say never. There is no single policy at QPR, whether it's David Beckham or Joey Barton or whoever.

“We have to look at each situation and evaluate if it makes good sense to the club.

“We have got to have a long-term plan. The key is not just signings but delivering
a good academy, a good scouting system, a good training facility. There is a lot of work to be done."

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The ambitious owner said QPR would need to move from Loftus Road - the club’s modest 18,000 capacity stadium – before they could sign the world's marquee footballers.

“We were close to signing Sebastien Bassong and I still would loved to have got Scott Parker but it wasn't to be”

"You can't have £150,000-a-week players if you have a stadium like this - one day we will have to look at something. It's been less than a month [since the takeover],” he explained.

The Malaysian magnate also hailed the club’s recruitment drive in the final few days of the transfer window which saw Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anton Ferdinand, Luke Young, Armand Traore and loan star Jason Puncheon arrive at Loftus Road.

He added: "We have kind of put our mark on the table, to say we will do what it takes."

Should Fernandes sanction an audacious bid to sign Beckham in the winter transfer window they could face competition from Tottenham, whose manager Harry Redknapp says he would "love" to have him in his squad.

A move to Loftus Road could appeal to the former Manchester United man, who is keen to play for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, but as Goal.com revealed this week, the 36-year-old will not make any decisions on his future until October and has a one-year deal on the table from LA Galaxy.

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