In what has been the most surprising transfer to date in the January transfer window QPR have completed the signing of French international striker Loic Remy from Marseille for a club record fee, believed to be in the region of £8m.
After much speculation surrounding the striker QPR managed to beat off competition from Newcastle to land the services of the 26 year old, who had become hot property since news broke that the French side were willing to part company with their star striker.
According to the Rangers website, Remy’s deal, while remaining undisclosed, is believed to be a club record fee and serves as a clear indication to the rest of the premier league that the current basement boys do not plan on staying there for long.
Remy began his career with Lyon before moving on to Nice and then Marseille, for whom he scored 27 goals in 68 appearances.He has been capped 17 times by France, scoring four goals, and is a welcomed acquisition to the R’s struggling attack.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp was clearly very please with his new signing and told the press that had assembled for today’s announcement:
“I’m delighted to bring him in – he’s a great buy for 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.”
Remy was also quick to return the complements to his new manager:
”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.”
Subject to international clearance, the Frenchman will be eligible for the weekend trip to West Ham, which will surely raise the interest of plenty of fantasy football managers looking for a new striker. There is no doubting his ability as his stats prove, but as with many new players coming into the premier league it can take time for them to find there feet, so a watch and wait strategy may be the best policy for managers at the moment.
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