QPR failed to land Arsenal striker

Instead the highly-rated Danish striker eventually joined Sunderland on a season-long loan.

Fernandes told Sky Sports News: “We did have a go at Nicklas Bendtner, but it didn’t work out. Time ran out against us.”

Fernandes has played down talk of interest in Peter Crouch.

He said: “Peter Crouch, not so much, there was a little bit of talk.”