Manchester City man Lescott snubbed by London duo

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QPR are set to turn down the chance to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, after Chairman Tony Fernandes admitted the club will be going in a different direction this summer. 

The west-London club are to return to the Premier League after winning the Championship play-off against Derby earlier this month, and have identified young talent to help them with the task of top flight survival next season. 

The club have been linked with moves for the departing Chelsea and Manchester United duo, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. As well as being touted to bring in 31-year-old Lescott from Manchester City, who failed to agree personal terms at West Ham also.  

But it would appear that Fernandes is looking to change the club's transfer mentality this summer.

"I think these are all fantastic players being mentioned but we have brought in players who've been at big clubs before and we got our fingers burned," he told Sky Sports.

"We have a different philosophy from this time two years ago. We know what we want, we have a list of targets that we think are the right sort and will add tremendous value to the club.

"You need a balance of youth and experience but you need to get the right experience - people who are ready to come down and battle. People who have come from places like Manchester City, having won titles and been in the Champions League, might not have the right energy you want."

Fernandes also spoke of how he had discussed transfer targets with his fellow club officials.

"We had a fantastic day talking about our targets and what we want to do. We need maybe four or five new players and we are a much better prepared club than we were two years ago," he said.

"We saw at Wembley a new type of QPR culture and it made me proud. We want to keep the spirit together and get the right dressing room. It's amazing what you can do with that.

"We said we'd learn and come back stronger and next season we will see. No one can guarantee anything. It's so unpredictable. But we will give it a bloody good fight to stay up."

QPR spent close to £45million when they were promoted to the Premier League two years ago, but finished bottom of the league. 

It would now seem they are looking to do things differently this time round in a bid to not have a repeat performance. 

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