Everything seemed to be cut and dried yesterday morning, with Newcastle having agreed a fee of around €10M with Marseilles for striker Loic Remy, and the agreement was that Remy would travel to Newcastle today and discuss terms and then take a medical, and sign for Newcastle, all being well.
Loic Remy - going to QPR
But then Remy’s agents got a call from QPR to travel to meet them in London last night, and the news is that they offered Remy wages said to be around £80K/week to lure the striker to London, and QPR were obviously desperate to do the deal.
And in case QPR are relegated in May, the package contains a release clause for a given amount, so the player would be able to move onto some other club, and not have to stay with QPR if they take the drop.
Demba Ba negotiated a free transfer in that same situation with West Ham, but it is understood there is a release clause amount in Remy’s contract.
Apparently Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias were made aware of the meeting last night, and the huge wages offered to the French international, but it doesn’t look like they will even try to increase their wage offer to Remy, which seems standard procedure with Ashley and LLambias.
We don’t expect Remy to be travelling to Newcastle now, and the London papers are suggesting Remy will stay in london and take his medical today, and be announced today or tomorrow as a QPR player.
So if Remy does sign for QPR – he has gone after the money – but where do Newcastle turn to now for a striker – with only 16 days left in the January transfer window.
And we have to remember that Newcastle currently have only two strikers, and maybe only two center-backs if Coloccini walks out on the club this week.
We must say we are very frustrated with these events – as it seemed Newcastle could have tied up both Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy in the first two weeks of January, but QPR seem to have been more desperate than Newcastle to secure the services of the Frenchman.
And we have to remember QPR are one of the relegation candidates we’ll be fighting it out with through the end of the season – so this is not good.
As we said before we are more than frustrated at these developments – and we have to think Alan Pardew is too – but we’ll leave it at that.
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