QPR owner Tony Fernandes admits he tried for five years to buy West Ham United.

In the end he gave up and did a quick deal for QPR in August.

"I tried before the Icelandic guys bought it," he told the London Evening Standard. "Then, when they had all their problems, I was in a bidding war with David Sullivan and David Gold but the Icelandic banks went for them. We approached them again when they got relegated in May and I upset Sullivan.

"I was getting hundreds of messages asking, 'Have you put in an offer?' So I tweeted, 'Yep, I've put in an offer.' World War 17 exploded. It was then that Bernie Ecclestone called and said, 'Hey, why don't you look at QPR?'"

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