Warnock cool on QPR link to Beckham

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QUEENS Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock has dampened speculation linking David Beckham with a move to Loftus Road.

The 36-year-old is in the final year of his Major League Soccer contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy and has been touted with a return to England.

QPR have emerged as potential suitors but former Sheffield United chief Warnock last night quashed speculation linking him with a move for the veteran midfielder.

“No, it is not a discussion [chairman Tony Fernandes and I] have had,” he said.

“I mean obviously it is good news for you lads I suppose and nothing much surprises me at the club but it’s not something we’ve talked about, not myself anyhow.”

Asked what he would do if Fernandes offered him the player, he replied: “I think you will have to ask me as and when.

“I’ve got enough problems worrying about Newcastle (on Monday), I don’t want to worry about that (as well).

“We can’t sign him anyhow, we can’t sign anybody else now until January so why worry?

“I think he is a fabulous professional. I think he has been a great asset to English football, I like him as a person but ask me in January.”

Speculation linking QPR with a move for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was fuelled by business tycoon Fernandes, who tweeted this week: “I think having someone like David (Beckham) in the club would be great. Was always in my thoughts. Let’s see.”

The Malaysian is followed by more than 106,000 people on the social networking website, which he has previously highlighted as a key way to communicate with the west Londoners’ fanbase.

Warnock admits he does not understand the fascination with Twitter, but believes the owner and players can post what they like within reason.

Asked whether he was happy with Fernandes tweeting about players, he joked: “He owns the club. You tell him off!

“I just think it is modern ways really.

“It is the same with the players really.

“I know one or two of the players do a lot of it and it helps you lads find stories, it helps the journalists a lot. You can’t knock it all the time.

“As long as it does not bring the club into disrepute, I am not bothered.

“I think it is stupid really, I must admit.”

“It is like a newspaper now and the FA have made it clear with guidelines.”