There is further news associated with the report in the French Media this afternoon, that Newcastle have agreed a deal to take Loic Remy to Newcastle on a one year loan – with an option to buy him next summer.
Harry Redknapp - £2M loan fee for Loic Remy
This is what QPR manager Harry Redknapp said this morning as reported by Metro:
“He’s a player who’s going on loan.” “If you were buying Loic Remy for £8M, which there were clubs willing to buy him for, and if you gave him a four-year contract and he ran that down and was a free agent, he’d cost you £2M a year on that deal.
‘If somebody wants to loan him they’d be entitled to pay £2M for him.” “They would be getting a striker that would be getting 15-20 goals next year in the Premier League.”
“He is a top class player.” “He could play for anybody in the Premier, in my opinion.”
So it seems Harry has done a complete 180 degrees turn from what he said yesterday, although owner Tony Fernandes said two of his top players would go out on loan, so that tells us that Fernandes and not Harry is running the London club.
The news in the French media was that Tottenham, Naples and Everton could also be interested in signing the Frenchman, but with his pending court case for rape yet to be heard, it could be that no club will come in and pay his release clause, which le10sport.com said was €11M, which is around £9.4M.
And the fact that Newcastle are the first to agree the loan deal could give us a huge advantage, and we assume Joe Kinnear and Lee Charnley are trying to seal the deal today – if they aren’t they should be.
Now I had better look for those blood pressure pills – just in case we sign Bafetimbi Gomis outright and then Loic Remy on loan in the next day or so.
It would be hard to take so much good news, and all at once too.
And does that mean we’ll have to say Joe Kinnear has done a good job this summer?
If we get these two players through the door, and neither deal has yet been completed despite news to the contrary, we will have a very strong squad for next season – no doubt about it – but there’s still an “if” there.
Howay The Lads!!
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