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QPR owner Fernandes: I tried to buy West Ham for five years

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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