QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has revealed the Loic Remy was on the verge of signing an extension to keep him at Loftus Road, before Chelsea hijacked the deal with a late offer of their own.
The France international signed for the Blues for £10.5million on August 31, having been linked with a move away from newly-promoted QPR for the majority of the summer. However, despite the general consensus being that Harry Redknapp was resigned to losing the star striker, Fernandes has claimed he was set to stay before a last-minute intervention.
Taking to Twitter to discuss the topic on his personal account, Fernandes tweeted: "When we lost Remy 48 hours before deadline day it was huge huge blow," he said.
"Huge blow. But we fight on. Stop sendind me ridiculous tweets.
"I love the remy comments. Remy was staying, he was in my house for dinner to sign the extension. Then Chelsea called. What back up pls."
At the moment it appears that the QPR chief is correct; the club are massively missing Remy’s influence. Despite Redknapp’s business over the course of the summer, which saw both Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand added to his defensive roster, QPR are struggling at the foot of the Premier League table and have only accrued four points from their opening seven games.
In Remy they had a big-name forward who had proven himself capable of competing in England’s top flight during his time on loan at Newcastle. Since his departure scoring goals has been an issue that The R’s have failed to address, and it could cost them dearly if their fortunes aren’t improved by the time January rolls around.
Sentimental value aside QPR’s poor form isn’t likely to be playing upon Remy’s mind too much. Whilst the 27-year-old isn’t first-choice at Stamford Bridge he is playing at a level more suited to his obvious quality, and also has the benefit of European football via the Champions League.
It’s Diego Costa who Mourinho has preferred up until now, and with good cause, but a dip in form for the Spaniard could see Remy leading the line for the side who currently sit top of the Premier League table, and that in itself has justified his decision to leave.
After the comments made about Remy, Fernandes did his best to attempt to clarify another transfer mystery from the summer window: QPR’s failure to find an adequate replacement. There was plenty of speculation suggesting that Fabio Borini would be purchased from Liverpool, and Fernandes has confirmed they did everything they could to land the Italian, but to no avail.
"Yeah I can pull out a striker in 24 hours .we tried hard with borini. So pls tell me me what you would have," he said.