QPR beat Newcastle, Arsenal and Spurs as they make striker a record buy

14:37 16 January 2013

Loic Remy. Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

Loic Remy. Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Transfer News: QPR have signed French international striker Loic Remy from Marseille for an club record fee.

The 26 year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with the R’s and could make his debut against West Ham on Saturday if international clearance is granted.

The striker, who has scored four goals in 17 appearances for France, had been touted for a move to the Premier League in the past year with Arsenal, Newcastle and Tottenham being linked.

R’s manager Harry Redknapp was a fan of Remy at Tottenham and Marseille rejected a bid from the Lilywhites last season but the 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at L’OM and a cut-price deal has now been agreed.

The striker told the club’s official website: “Harry played a big part in me coming here. I spoke to him and Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here. They gave me the right motivation to join QPR.

“I want to develop my game here. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives.

“After seven years in France, this is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League – the best League in the world.

“I am confident I can adapt to the Premier League. My main characteristics have taken me to the level I am at today but I am keen to keep improving in the Premier League.”

Redknapp has been a long-time admirer of the striker and he expressed his delight at the signing saying: “I’m delighted to bring him in – he’s a great buy for us.

“I didn’t think we’d get him to be honest but Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn’t give up on it, and it’s great that we now have him here with us.

“He’s always been a player I’ve admired. I’ve watched him on so many occasions throughout the last few years. I actually spent three or four hours with him last year so he knew what I thought of him, and I think that was important.

“He’s quick, can score goals and makes great runs. His movement is excellent. He’s got the potential to be a really outstanding striker.”

The decision marks a dramatic u-turn as on Friday, Redknapp has said that the 26-year-old had turned down a chance to move to Loftus Road.

“I went over last week to watch him play, not that I needed to as I watched him when I was at Tottenham,” the R’s boss said.

“I couldn’t get a meeting with him. I think he was in a position when I was at Tottenham, he was interested.

“He felt embarrassed when he came to see me to tell me that he didn’t want to come to QPR.

“I’ve got no problems with him. Newcastle are interested but he’s thinking about staying for Marseille.

“He hasn’t been playing. After that it’s hard. I think it’d have been good for him to come here and help us stay up.

“If he scores some goals and does well and we couldn’t survive, at least he’s in the shop window.

“If he does score the goals and we could stay up. He may change his mind. I’d like to get him if possible.”

Remy has been given the number 18 shirt by QPR.

Related articles

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - August 20

 

Latest Stories

16:31
Syrian activists in Kafranbel pay tribute to the murdered American war journalist

The video of US journalist James Foley being beheaded by a jihadi with what appears to be a London accent has been shared millions of times around the world already.

Read more
Hyacinth Brown is still recovering from the heart attack in hospital.

An elderly pastor suffered a heart attack after police burst through her door in an early-morning drugs raid which her family say was a “massive mistake.”

Read more
This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley  (AP Photo)

An American journalist has been beheaded on video by an ISIS fighter in Syria - who is believed to be from London.

Read more

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Match Reports

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
Guess the managers quiz

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more

QPR Transfer News

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Dutch star Leroy Fer has signed for QPR (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

QPR have announced the signing of Leroy Fer from Norwich for an undisclosed fee with the midfielder penning a three-year deal at Loftus Road.

Read more
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jonathan De Guzman (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Napoli have beaten QPR to the signing of Jonathan De Guzman on a permanent transfer from Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.

Read more
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Join in the discussion on our transfer blog

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and scroll down to the bottom to join the discussion with our reporters

Read more
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Manchester United's Javier Hernandez is a reported target for Tottenham  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Read our round-up of the latest London transfer news and gossip from around the web.

Read more