We always wondered why the reports last January said that Newcastle would have to pay out £15M for Loic Remy, when it was widely reported there was a release clause in his contract that he could be sold for just £8M – the amount QPR were said to pay Marseilles for the player when they nipped in to beat Newcastle to the signing 18 months ago, by offering the Frenchman huge wages.
Loic Remy – would cost Newcastle £15M
That release clause was to protect Remy in case QPR were relegated from the Premier League, which they were a year ago, but are now back in the top flight.
There are reports today about the details of his QPR contract, and the release clause of £8M is only for English clubs in Europe – the top four clubs in England.
If the buying club is in the next two position in the PL – 5th and 6th – then the fee is £11M and the rest of the clubs will have to shell out £15M for him – which includes Newcastle.
But there was news last week that Mike Ashley was willing not only to meet the QPR transfer fee, but also the high wages Loic Remy is after, but we don’t know if that was just paper talk.
So while on the surface this looks like any deal for Loic would be too expensive for Newcastle – maybe Ashley will show he is willing to pay out the big bucks for very good players.
And Loic Remy proved last season he can get the job done for Newcastle with 14 goals in just 27 appearances for the Tyneside club, and he looked a very good striker for us, although his attitude towards the end of the season was a little suspect.
It seems an opportunity for Mike Ashley to show he’s more ambitious than most Newcastle fans think.
Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.