Despite what turned out to be a successful looking January transfer window for Newcastle United with the acquisitions of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, their initial transfer business got off to a disastrous start as French international striker Loic Remy opted to pick Premier League basement club QPR ahead of the Toon.
At the time the player insisted that money had nothing to do with his decision, despite a reported £100,000-a-week salary as well as a rumoured minimum fee release clause should the Hoops get relegated to the Npower Championship.
Now however, in an interview back in his native France with beINSPORT, Remy, discussing the surprise move that may affect his international chances, revealed that the financial benefits did play a part in his decision to choose west London over Tyneside.
“It surprised many people. 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,” he said.
Marseille accepted offers from QPR and Newcastle in the January transfer window and it was believed that Remy, who was targeted with the intent of replacing Chelsea-bound Demba Ba, was about to put pen to paper at St. James’ Park.
After scoring on his debut, Remy’s impact at Loftus Road has mainly been limited after suffering a groin injury. However, the Frenchman did score an all-important opening goal in QPR’s 2-1 away win at fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday.
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