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Tony Fernandes will attempt to make Scott Parker his £8 million marquee signing once he takes control of Queens Park Rangers.

The Malaysian entepreneur is also set to bid £3 million for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha as he attempts to improve Neil Warnock’s squad before the transfer window closes.

An announcement is set to made on Thursday to confirm whether Fernandes has succeeded in taking a majority stake of the west London club.

Although there were claims of a press conference being scheduled for Thursday, nothing had yet been formally agreed — however it was said, by sources, to be “extremely close”. Talks were continuing into the night and there will be a statement on Thursday morning either way.

Fernandes, who owns the AirAsia airline and is also the principal at Formula One team Lotus, was in London yesterday to close the deal to acquire 51 per cent of QPR from Bernie Ecclestone.

The balance of Ecclestone’s 62 per cent holding, it is hoped, will be picked up by Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who already holds 33 per cent and has considered mounting a full takeover.

Fernandes, who tried to acquire West Ham United in January 2010, has been in talks with QPR for some time and has already met with Warnock. There is an acceptance that the club needs an injection of transfer funds and Warnock is understood to be receptive to Fernandes’s plan to bid for Parker.

West Ham are adamant that they will not sell the 30-year-old England international for less than £8m and given he also earns £65,000-a-week then his signing would eat up a large chunk of the funds Fernandes is prepared to commit.

It also remains to be seen whether Parker will want to join QPR, having hoped that the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa were set to bid for him.

However Parker is desperate to keep his place in the England squad and play in Euro 2012 and knows that this is less likely to happen if he remains in the Championship. If he does sign for QPR he will become the third former West Ham player to move to Loftus Road this summer — after Kieron Dyer and Danny Gabbidon — and there remains the possibility of a fourth with Warnock having previously expressed an interest in striker Carlton Cole.

Source: Telegraph

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