Newcastle Lose Out To QPR On Wage Packet For Remy


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.

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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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71 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    ha ha Twitterston is still posting will he/wont/he on this, I no longer care.

    So is PEA back on the radar? 🙂

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    you can bury your heeds back in the sand imho

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  • nufcjohn

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    He might make a u turn you never no it will be his agent so he does not have to sign

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Tbh right now I’d put more money on QPR staying up than us. They seem to have got that fresh impetus, momentum and energy a good new manager can bring.

    My only beef with Ashley as far as Ed’s lack of ambition comment goes has been his inability to attract a top manager.

    There didn’t seem to be any interviews for the job when Hughton left and Pardew’s appointment seemed to smack of a ”job for the boys”

    If it’s your investment or baby you want the best people running the show, not a casino goon and a mediocre, 3rd rate clueless manager. First rule of business don’t employ your mates.

    Pardew is so obviously a flash in the pan. He’s lost the plot and been found out with his stubbornly arrogant and negative hoofball tactics and now seemingly the dressing room with our 3 best players Ba, Colo, and now Benny all leaving or wanting out.

    1 shot in anger in a dull boring turgid game at those renowned world beaters Norwich and their multi million opound players, says it all about a guy who tries not to lose rather than to win and give any entertainment value.

    It’s amazing with every fresh defeat people keep saying it would be worse to change managers now. How does that work exactly!!! Stick with someone who has lost what is it – 12 out of 14 or similar.

    To those who say it’s a result business and they don’t care about being entertained, I rest my case. The stats don’t lie.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Remy’s gone time to move on NOW. We need a striker in, I just hope this doesn’t mean we stall on other deals that we were working on like a new defender. PEA in ASAP.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Ideally players will come in early but when no throwing extra money around it is difficult if the other club/player is not willing to rush things through.

    Lets wait and see what happens by the end of the window before we get too worried.

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  • toonboy68

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Tunski who’s pea ! 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed seriously lad calm down mate he hadnt signed for anyone yet ffs!

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  • Vask

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    has Remy been confirmed as a QPR player now then? If so i still think we’ll stay up and QPR will go down. it lookks bleak at the moment but i reckon we can still finish 8th.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #11

    ha ha John T havent seen that in a while 🙂

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Has proud left the country yet ? Safe house in the hollywood hills I heard.

    The angry mob will find him one day. 😉

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13

    PEA wants a bigger move than to us judging by his recent interview

    Losing out to QPRs wage packet of 80k hurts though that’s not over the top wages for how football is these days

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Repost:

    I stand by the way we conduct our business 100% – if that means Remy and the likes of him will sign for better money somewhere else so be it (only hope our club is prepared for that and have a backup plan in motion).

    …there is no emotion in football anymore it’s all money (agents have ruined the game and I am glad FIFA are looking into it)

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda @5 – I hope Mike Ashley is reading your post to learn about the first rules of business from you. He evidently needs to know. 😉

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Toonarmydownsouth
    U really still think Remy is coming?

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  • Constanstine

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #17

    He isn’t greedy. Anyone would easily snub us without needing for second thought to go for the double wage. It’s a disgrace that we offered him such a low wage. And Ed, cut off the 18000 fans thing, it’s just ridiculous how you keep excusing it in every article because we’re not any better than them and we’re not in the position to say so.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #18

    WW, aye Proud said he signed for us yesterday so he must be ours.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Belfast @12 – (sobbing) and I so wanted Proudtobeanitk to be right this time (more sobbing) – he was calling me Skunki and everything (WAAIIIIILLL)

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Belfast…common leave Proud alone (whether he knew anything or not there are no guarantees in football)

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  • pardew for england

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Lets all get a grip, there are other players out there who are better than remy, don’t panic central defender in and play cabaye just behind the stricker for know. Then mr Ashley you need to invest in the summer.

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  • pardew for england

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Lets all get a grip, there are other players out there who are better than remy, don’t panic central defender in and play cabaye just behind the striker for know. Then mr Ashley you need to invest in the summer.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #23

    …and I think PEA was talking in terms of 6 months time too.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Yo
    I reckon all thats happening is that OM have accepted mutiple bids, which they can do, and he’s spoken to us in france, now he’s speaking to QPR and i still think he’ll speak to the third club
    Dont buy the whole he snubbed is for a medical either, why the fcuk would we fly him into london?

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Oooh proud said he’d already signed? This is all a little gag then haha

    Let me guess he disappeared soon after? Doubt we’ll see his name again he’ll just change is and spout more crap though

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Truth is with our wage cap, we can’t be offering top wages when they sign, otherwise we have to accept they”ll be moved on pretty quickly as we wouldn’t be able to accommodate an increase of wages. It also would open a can of worms with current players and any new signings.

    I’m still not sold on what is actually going on either way, but if the Remy deal is off, they best be getting through their list, we don’t have the luxury of we’ll pick this up next window.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Hi Lads
    I don’t rate Remy, we better go for Wilfrid Bony he is a manimal, He will score lots of goals here

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Jesper – I am afraid Proud may have nailed his colours to the mast because he unreservedly gave him a shirt number and had his parade booked. The definite statement is the cardinal sin of an ITK. He cant come back and say it was all derailed in the 11th hour can he? That means he didnt know as much as he said he did, and therefore should have held his counsel.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #29

    WW, just for the record 😉

    proudtobageordie // Jan 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    people on here make me pmsl. Remy signed for us this afternoon. ssn talking bollox wait till tomorrow. Barton is a twat just winding toon fans up on twitter cause he seen it on ssn.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #30

    …having said that,he still has a very slim chance of being right.

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  • HullMag6

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #31

    Nothing from official sources all rumours, opinion and misinformation. Until a player is there holding his shirt don’t take anything for granted.

    As for blog witch hunts back off.

    Proud only relays information he comes across.
    This situation is the usual window soap opera, save the anger for when the window closes if no one else has been brought in.

    We’re financially stable, other clubs offering silly money are gambling on not failing – some will and pay greatly (ref: Leeds/Portsmouth/Rangers

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  • colwell

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #32

    QPR are on the up beating Chelsea and a draw with Spurs, if they sign Remy and M’vila they’d have as good if not better chance of staying up than us.

    Yes Remy went for the money, but no doubt London had a big effect aswel.

    We desperately need 3 more players in one has to be a striker. Half the window has gone and only Debuchy in, he will not be enough I fear to keep us up.

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Toonarmydownsouth
    Yeah I could agree with that but the 3rd club is meant to be a geramn giant apparently, I don’t see us winning against either currently. More worrying the windows half done

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki, indeed nothing’s been proved one way or the other yet but we don’t have long to wait to find out.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #35

    I have always doubted if Remy was the player we needed. Its not bitter apples, I had two things on my mind. If he isnt good enough for OM then how will he be good enough for the PL and I actually never thought we would be able to lure him.

    I have to admit when it was all but confirmed I was suprised and excited, but held reservations about the player and his form.

    He is the type of player we need, but do we really need another player who thinks of only money, has a le sulk attitude and from what I hear injury prone.

    Hopefully it comes off still, we need the replacements and he will arguably be better than who we have no on the left side of attacking midfield.

    If we dont get him no point crying over what never was, and if he doesnt want to come, we shouldnt want him anyway.

    I think my major worry is, Newcastle seemed to have their hearts set on him. Who do we turn to now? PEA is not going to come to us, lets be realistic, I can see Danny Graham or some average player coming in.

    If I had it my way though we would be aiming for Mbiwa, Sissoko and Alderweild. I feel we have enough in attack to see us out for the remainder of the season, go back to the drawing board if Remy doesnt come. Lets focus on beefing up a very thin, below average defence. Its better to draw games then lose them, getting a decent defence can get you points, and protect leads.

    Come on Newcastle, I think for the first time in our history fans are demanding more improvement in our back four than anywhere on the pitch!

    Mbiwa, Alderwield and Sissoko will be big signings for us. It may also push Colo into staying, atleast until the summer!

    If we sign no one, or some average player like Tomkins and expect its enough then the board are taking a massive gamble! We are on the brink of relegation, if we lose this weekend we are arguably one of the 3 teams that will be in the drop zone come April/May.

    We need 4 points in our next 2 games, I would push for 6 but I feel we lack fitness, and confidence!

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  • foggonridiculous

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Problem solved lads…

    Williamson’s going to play up front..

    (solves the DEFENSIVE problem…)

    (…just a bit of fun…. Willo does his best..not all/not just his fault!)

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #37

    MacToon
    Haha bless him more shocking though is that people actually believed him

    Hullmag
    Am sure proud can give the standard yawn excuse for ITKs himself mate if he fancies facing the abuse he deserves 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Skunki…can I call you Skunki? 🙂

    …I know he made the ultimate sin of ITKing (he should take the key from our very own Ibiza who discloses nothing…NOTHING lol)

    But hi…we are big boys who can make up or own minds (do we really need to blame him for this – we all know he is no ITK)

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #39

    i dont see lack of funding as a problem i see it as suicide

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Santon (from previous post)

    In the accounts the money showed to Ashley is shown as a ‘liability’. While the club belongs to Ashley that can be glossed over, but when NUFC changes ownership it will be become an issue. Ashley is effectively subsidising the club to the tune of £100m or so, but it prevents him recouping the full value of the club.

    If Ashley hold his hands up and admits “I screwed up” and takes a loss of £100m on the market price in return for the debt being covered (or simply writes off £100m, same thing effectively) then I agree the club is burden free. However this is not likely to happen, and no new owner will pay an extra £100m over market value just to keep MA’s piggybank happy.

    The answer is MA will try and recoup as much of the £100m as possible in windfall profits, advertising and increased equity (a slow process), and only he will know what sort of final loss he will accept. My guess is if he is able to half the debt to under £50m he will sell and simply put it down to opportunity cost in the 100% acquisition of Rangers FC while they are in the dumps.

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