It’s hardly surprising that QPR manager Harry Redknapp has (finally) revealed Loic Remy doesn’t want to return to Newcastle United.
Loic Remy – doesn’t want to return to Newcastle
Loic’s actions from last January after Mike Ashley sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M and didn’t replace him, made it fairly obvious that Loic wasn’t keen on coming back to Newcastle – maybe because the club is simply not ambitious enough these days.
This is what Harry Redknapp has said today:
“He didn’t want to go back to Newcastle which is a massive club, so unless it’s a club in the top seven I don’t think he’ll go,”
“If he goes you’re looking for two strikers, which isn’t easy to find,” “We need to get a couple more in, we’re short in some areas.”
“I’ve got three central midfield players – Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin and Karl Henry – when you need six midfield players really at this level.¨
“So we’re looking to get one or two midfielders in and maybe a front man as well because we need a bit of cover there. You need four strikers in an ideal world.”
It could well be that Loic finds himself staying at QPR for the season, and he did choose QPR over Newcastle over 18 months ago, when he left Marseilles for £8M, with the carrot being said to be big wages.
And his last minute move to QPR certainly didn’t please French manager Didier Deschamps at the time, so this is not the first time he hasn’t really wanted to join Newcastle, and he only came on loan last summer because no other club came in for him, with that rape charge hanging over his head.
But Loic was completely cleared of that charge earlier this year, which was great for him.
Newcastle only want players who want to come to Tyneside, and so far this summer our recruitment team have done well in getting nine players through the door – and every one of them is delighted to be at Newcastle.
Having players who want to be at Newcastle helps the team spirit as well.
But if a top club comes in for Loic before September 2nd rolls around, we still think the French striker will look at whatever his best option is at that time – and he could move on the last day of the window, or decide to stay at QPR, well at least until January.
If he does move very late in the window, that’s what’s worrying Redknapp, because QPR may not be able to get one or two strikers in, with the limited time available in the window.
Loic Remy had a great season for us last season scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances, so he’s definitely a very good striker, but if he doesn’t want to come – he doesn’t want to come.
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