Responding to suggestions that Barton may be on his way out, Beard - who is suddenly the club's mouthpiece with Fernandes fading into the background - said: "We are not a selling club. We're in the market to buy ONE or TWO players. We're talking to several clubs about options, so I'm cautiously optimistic that we can strengthen the squad."
Oops. So how does that fit with newspaper claims about five or six players coming in, and suggestions that there is a transfer war chest of somewhere between £15m and £30m? QPR haven't even matched Chelsea's £4m asking price for Alex yet. I have said that Rs fans will be lucky if £5m is shelled out this window and with Fulham terming the offer for Johnson derisory and rumours of a £3m offer for Pienaar rejected, it may be that I am a million out, given £3m was offered for Alex.
Note the words "cautiously optimistic". Beard is talking down expectations, pouring luke warm water on the fires fuelled by Fernandes. That's why the Malaysian has suddenly lost his voice. And gRs might note that he has already hinted that he may walk away from the club, when he tweeted that he would go if the club failed.
Worrying times if you are a gR. The blue and white hooped ship has hit the rocks, are in the bottom three and are listing badly. Captain Barton is even rumoured to be abandoning the ship early. Still Newcastle field a weakened team today and there is a big six pointer coming up against Wigan. It's a shame the new signings aren't already in the team isn't it?