QPR boss Neil Warnock has revealed he missed out with moves for Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker during the summer transfer window.
Warnock managed to bring in six players after new owner Tony Fernandes' takeover, with Joey Barton, Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jason Puncheon, Armand Traore and Luke Young all signing.
But the ambitious Loftus Road club were also in the running for two big-name Premier League players, only to see Bellamy return to Liverpool from Manchester City, while Tottenham won the race for ex-West Ham midfielder Parker.
"We missed out on Craig [Bellamy] but in fairness to Craig he rang me at midnight and thanked me for my interest," Warnock said.
"It was a thing that I knew right from day one that if David N'Gog went from Liverpool, he would be going there.
"I've always liked Craig and when that didn't happen, we took a last minute gamble on Puncheon.
"It is not really a gamble, we've only got him until January so it just gives somebody else an opportunity.
"Somebody who was desperate to come. He was that desperate I didn't even know he was here until Sky Sports News picked it up. I thought it was funny that."
Despite missing out on Parker, Warnock insisted that former Newcastle midfielder Barton was always his leading target in the transfer window.
"After the Bolton game, [Fernandes] said 'what about Scott Parker?' and I said yeah and fobbed it off really," he added.
"It was 24 hours later when I realised he was probably serious and we made a substantial offer for Scott, but I think in the circumstances I always knew that Tottenham would have him if they came in.
"But it showed me what quality was. When he asked me for number of players, Joey Barton was top of my list before Scott.
"I had a list of midfield players and other areas, full-backs in particular. I gave them the list and he told me to go and get them and it was just fantastic.
"I felt sorry for the chief exec Phil Beard, who had only come on the scene that week. He must've wondered what hit him to be all of a sudden involved in a deadline where we are trying to sign five or six players.
"It was chaotic but I don't think we could have done much better in what we did."