The news was leaked yesterday that Loic Remy failed his medical in Boston and his proposed £8M move to the Reds was called off.
Loic Remy – while on loan at Newcastle last season
But QPR manager Harry Redknapp has come out today and basically said that Loic didn’t fail his medical – and it must have been that Liverpool – for whatever reason – changed their minds on Remy – and didn’t want to sign him.
That’s always possible we suppose – although unusual because now Liverpool will need to go out and sign another striker.
This is what the QPR manager said today:
“Loic will come back here.” “Their loss is our gain. I have got a fantastic striker capable of scoring 20 goals in the Premier League.” “We need him now to come in here and get 20 goals. So from a selfish point of view I have got a great striker.”
“If he is here, we will be delighted to have him back.” “I don’t see how he has failed a medical. It doesn’t make sense.” “He had a stringent medical here, one at Marseille, one at Newcastle and one with France before the World Cup.”
“He’s never had a problem with his fitness. You could not meet a fitter lad. There can’t be any issue with his fitness.” “I can’t see a medical reason. There must be other reasons. That (failing medical) is not possible. There has to be another reason.”
“He has never failed a medical before. He’s never had a problem and didn’t miss a game at Newcastle.” “They must have changed their mind or decided to go in another direction.”
Remy did have a problem with his medical at Marseilles back in 2010, when he was transferring from Nice, but he did pass that medical and signed on at Marseilles for €15M (£12M).
And that statement by Harry is also somewhat political, because if Loic does have some medical condition – it will lower his transfer fee – which is not what QPR want – should Remy decide he still wants to leave QPR.
And that’s the big question now – whether Loic will want to move to a bigger club than QPR – who have only just been promoted back to the Premier League.
Newcastle would almost certainly be willing to take him on a permanent basis, even though some fans didn’t like his attitude over the last couple of months of last season, but we wonder what the transfer fee will be – with figures in the press ranging from £8M to £15M.
But Remy is a proven Premier League goalscorer at Newcastle, and he would still be a terrific permanent signing for the Magpies.
What do you think?
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