Newcastle to rescue Remy after Liverpool move collapses
Following the news that Liverpool, 10/1 to win the Premier League title, have pulled out of a reported £8.5m deal for QPR forward Loic Remy, Newcastle United are rumoured to be ready to take the French international on loan again.
Remy enjoyed a productive campaign for the Magpies last term, netting 14 goals in 27 appearances for Alan Pardew’s Tyneside outfit, before returning to his parent club.
The 27-year-old’s fine form resulted in a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad, with the Frenchman appearing twice as a substitute for his nation, before they crashed out to eventual winners Germany in the quarter finals.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was keen on the proven Premier League poacher to add depth to his attacking options, following the £75m sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Remy, who has a release clause in his current contract with QPR, was even reported to be inheriting Suarez’s number seven shirt, but the potential move fell through unexpectedly.
After undergoing a medical with Liverpool in the United States, reports suggested he had the failed tests. However, Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has insisted: “That’s not possible. He is a very fit lad, there has to be another reason…He had a stringent one here, one at Marseille and at Newcastle and with France before the World Cup.”
Rodgers revealed that the transfer is to be permanently scrapped, admitting to gathered media: “It’s very simple we have made a decision as a club not to go ahead with the deal. It’s unfortunate for the player…but there’s nothing more to be said”.
This could be good news for QPR, who will be happy to hold onto one of their most prized assets after gaining promotion back into the Premier League. The Hoops have already made a splash in the summer market, scooping up Rio Ferdinand on a free and acquiring former Cardiff centre back Steven Caulker for £8m.
They are yet to enhance their offence, though, with Redknapp seemingly hoping he can keep Remy at the club, and believing Liverpool’s “loss is our gain – we’ve got a fantastic striker…I said last year he was capable of scoring 20 goals…That’s what we now want him to do for us”.
Newcastle, 7/5 for a top ten finish, could be set to spoil the party though, and are rumoured to be considering offering Remy another loan move. With Pardew looking to add further potency to his squad, the already tried and tested Frenchman would certainly fit the bill at St James’ Park.
It seems unlikely that QPR would accept such a deal now that they are back playing top flight football, but Remy’s future has already taken many twists and turns.
After signing from Marseille in 2012 for a club record fee reported to be around £8m, Remy could not prevent the west London club avoid relegation, and subsequently departed on a season-long loan to the Magies.
The Hoops, odds-on at 4/11 to stay up this term, would surely be hampering their own campaign by allowing a direct rival to benefit from Remy’s services.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are “ready to move on and look at other targets” according to Rodgers, despite the expected signing of Belgian World Cup star Divock Origi, after Adam Lallana suffered a knee injury in pre-season training.