Harry Redknapp said a week or so ago that it would be very difficult for QPR to attract top players in this January transfer window, because they are bottom of the league, and it’s not like their players play in front of 52,000 crowds very often – with the Loftus Road ground one of the smallest in the Premier League, with a capacity of just over 18,000.
Loic Remy – QPR outbidding Newcastle?
So what can OPR do to attract top players to the club?
They can do what they’ve done since Tony Fernandes became the owner of the club in August of 2011 – - they can pay out big fees for the players, and offer them ridiculously high wages.
Harry Redknapp himself has complained about the high wages being paid at the club for players who in his opinion are average at best – as one example Joey Barton, who is now on loan at Marseilles, is getting £75K/week.
But their mistakes of the past doesn’t seem to stop QPR from doing the same thing again this month – in an attempt to stay in the Premier League.
The news is that QPR have moved above Newcastle in the race for the 26 year-old French International Loic Remy – and we suppose Loic could get a bigger pay deal in London from QPR – even though there’s a decent chance they will be in the English second division next season.
Our take on this is the same as with Demba Ba – if a player doesn’t want to stay at Newcastle, or join Newcastle – so be it – and they can move to other clubs for bigger wages.
If this news is true, we don’t expect Newcastle will get into a bidding war with QPR on the wages front – but it’s yet another example of ridiculous deals being made by some clubs, who are spending money they just don’t have.
And whatever happened to those Financial Fair Play Rules, where clubs could only spend what they make – and have to balance their financial books – so UEFA would put an end to clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and now QPR buying top teams with ridiculous investments of money.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City have spent around £1B on their teams since their Billionaire owners bought their clubs.
This story is not particularly good news for Newcastle – if it’s true.
What do you think?
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