Newcastle United have completed the signing of French forward Loic Remy from Championship side QPR on a season-long loan.
The 26-year-old, whose future at Loftus Road has been in doubt since QPR's relegation, chose not to sign for Newcastle in January, but is happy to return to the Premier League.
"I was very flattered by the club's interest in me back in January and also very happy that they showed interest in me again this summer," Remy said.
The striker netted six times for Harry Redknapp's QPR last season, following his club-record £8m transfer, but couldn't inspire his side to beat the drop.
Remy went some way to highlighting why he was keen on a move to St. James Park: "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."
The arrival of the frontman will be widely welcomed by the Magpies' fans, who were growing restless about manager Alan Pardew's lack of activity in the transfer market.
Remy was arrested on suspicion of rape in May and has been bailed until September, but Pardew remains pleased to have got his man.
The Newcastle manager said: "Loic is a great player and I'm delighted that Joe has got him on board for us.
"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."
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