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Newcastle boss hints that QPR new boy moved for money

Loic Remy, Marseille. Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Loic Remy, Marseille. Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

Thursday, January 17, 2013
3:52 PM

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew does not believe he could have done any more to bring France striker Loic Remy to St James’ Park.

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The 26-year-old joined Barclays Premier League bottom side QPR yesterday after the Magpies had led the way in the race to secure the frontman’s signature.

Remy travelled to Tyneside last Sunday for continued talks and a medical after Newcastle agreed an £8million fee with Marseille. However, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes and Hoops boss Harry Redknapp managed to persuade Remy to join the relegation-threatened club and dash the Magpies’ hopes of snaring Remy as a replacement for Demba Ba following his move to Chelsea.

“It was a little strange as we had obviously put a lot of work in and made the club an offer that was accepted, a good offer,” Pardew said.

“We made a fantastic offer to the player and then he didn’t arrive. This club is on a financial footing that is strong, but we’re still not going to pay silly money.

“We’re going to pay what is correct and that is what we offered.

“We made a fantastic offer, a fantastic Premiership offer to that player - trust me.

“I don’t really want to criticise the player. The player makes the decision and he stands by it. I don’t really have anything else to say on it.”

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