Transfer Target Spurned Newcastle For Higher Wages – Fact

There’s a few ways to look at how Loic Remy turned down Newcastle in January and joined bottom of the league QPR, but one way to look at it is that it’s good he didn’t come to Newcastle – because he showed his hand and he wasn’t committed enough to become a Newcastle player. Money seems to mean more to him.

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Loic Remy – while still at Marseilles

There’s been some nonsense written about the transfer since it happened just after we had been beaten by Reading at home,  and one is that QPR owner Tony Fernandes said they offered Remy the same wages he was offered at Newcastle.

But the overall consensus is that the London club offered him stupidly high wages – around £80K/week – which is all they can do to attract top players to the small London club, who will be lucky to survive in the Premier League this season, although they did beat Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s on Saturday and Remy scored his second goal for QPR.

This is what Loic Remy told the press over the weekend to beINSPORT TV:

“It surprised many people”, he conceded, talking to about his choice of QPR.” “It is still London, with very good conditions.” “The level of wages too, that was interesting.”

“This may be a hindrance to my international career, but I do not see things like that.” “I will make every effort to maintain the club’s status this season.”

Loic has already been criticized by some of the the top French coaches for moving to QPR, after he played for Lyon, Lens, Nice and Marseilles in France, and they have said it will hurt his chances of making the French squad – and that’s why he makes that reference to his International career.

But it’s a free country and if he wants to join QPR for more money then so be it – but he did manage to put in a release clause in his contract, so that if QPR are relegated he will be released for a reasonable transfer fee.

We wonder how many players turning out for QPR these days, have that kind of release clause in their contract?

And don’t expect Newcastle to be interested in signing him if QPR are relegated – once a player turns down Newcastle that’s it – and so it should be.

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13 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    His mistake. One chance and he took the money

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    don’t want that greedy bastard here I would rather take chance with adam Campbell

  • Oleg G

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I am very happy he didn’t arrive. Too expensive, too little contribution. We got better players, better spirit.

  • Oleg G

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4


    no no, just kidding hh….

  • Assam Toon

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    i didnt knew he played in 4 clubs in france before crossing the channel. there is no way we should have bought him. good thing he didnt come, in the hindsight. we should avoid travelers (like Ba) at all cost.

    What i keep thinking these days is who of the current lot is most likely to be here for the long run? and who might leave if given a chance? i dont want to see nufc as a transit camp for players before they go to their eventual destination.

  • robin

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    He probably Googled Pardew, and saw how awful his managerial record is and blew him out!

  • check the toastie

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Think the lad will aways be stop start with injuries, dodged a bullet for me.

  • magicbus

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #8

    He will be the first to desert if they are relegated which I dearly hope they are

  • clinta2

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    You’re right Ed a lot of nonsense has been written about Remy and his choice of QPR, but much of it’s been on this blog and by bias NUFC fans.

    We are a different prospect now then we were during the window but the reality is that, at the time, he knocked back a relegation prospect for another relegation prospect. NUFC looking short of numbers and ideas and QPR with a better respected manager and money to throw at a squad. He was probably sold QPR as the next Man city/ Chelsea.

    Don;t get me wrong, NUFC is a far better prospect now but I can see how he went for QPR and don;t think the difference is as great as people on here constantly spout. Also, all modern value money as there number one reason to move to a club including those that moved from France (where many were playing in Europe and had chances of silverware) to NUFC in the window.

    There’s been many experts in France also criticising players for moving to NUFC not just QPR.

  • byertfjord

    Mar 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Who gives a flying shit about Remy anymore? Why should we talk about him if he’s not even our player? Same logic applies to Barton.

  • KRadiation

    Mar 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #11

    What possible negatives are these “experts” in France throwing at Newcastle other than the league position?

    If you compare the two clubs, The differences are vast. QPR, shite tiny stadium with an idiot owner throwing money at the walls, they’re rock bottom with basically no chance of surviving.

    Newcastle have a quality squad, and we where ravaged with injuries on a number of our key players. The stadium is huge, the owners got his finger on the ball an has turned the club around dramatically. The fans are pretty much the best in the country.

    If you don’t think there is much difference between those two clubs you need your eyes testing.

  • pbandj

    Mar 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Look we need to stop this. The man made a choice to go to QPR and thats that. Yes Newcastle is an amazing club with over 50.000 fans watching every home game. However the league position we had when Remy was making his choice was almost as bad as QPR. And as said in other comments several players have been criticized for going to Newcastle as well
    The lad chose to go to a club offering prob more than twice the wages of Nufc and who can blame him for that? If any of us had a choice between two jobs where one was paying twice as much as the other most would pick the highest paid one. Remy gets to show his worth in the premier league while making 90 a week, in addition he gets to leave when QPR are relegated (and they will be).

  • Sav

    Mar 5, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #13

    I have to agree, Ed,
    Your headline might as well be:

    “Man Moves for Higher Wages – Shocker!!

    Give the Dough Remy story a rest.


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