Newcastle United have completed the signing of French international Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal from Queens Park Rangers.
The striker had been a long-time target for the Tyneside club and they have now finally managed to bring him to St James’ Park after having missed out on his services during the the last transfer window in January.
QPR had been looking to offload the striker from their squad due to his huge wages, after failing to survive in the Premier League last season. Remy is believed to take home an impressive £70,000-per-week.
Without the financial windfalls of competing in the Premier League, QPR manager Harry Redknapp was eager to see the back of the striker permanently. But Newcastle were only interested on a loan deal with the Frenchman who is out on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape. Remy denies the allegations and will find out whether he is charged next month.
The French international was subjected to an intense medical test on Monday which he passed and is now set to don the stripes of Newcastle, on loan with a view to make the move permanent next summer.
The 26-year-old striker said to Newcastle's official website: “I’m very happy to be a Newcastle player. It will be a huge honour to play for such a big club.
“I was flattered by the club’s interest in me back in January and also very happy that they showed interest in me again this summer.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world and that’s where I want to play.
“I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country. I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United.
“I am focussed on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can.”
Manager Alan Pardew was delighted that the club was able to clinch one of their two preferred target, with the other being Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
“Loic is a great player and I’m delighted that Joe has got him on board for us," he said.
“He’ll be a great addition to the squad, he gives us strength and pace up front and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of goals.
“It’s a big season for Loic, like it is for all our international players ahead of the World Cup, which will only provide extra incentive for him to play at the very top of his game.”
Remy, who was a club record signing for QPR at £8million, had scored six goals in 14 matches for the club but had failed to prevent them from relegating to the Championship last season.
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