Loftus Road boss sees no sense in temporary departure of French forward to St James’ Park.
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has rubbished reports that Newcastle United are set to take Loic Remy away from London on a season-long loan according to the Shields Gazette.
The 26 year-old’s future has always been in doubt at Loftus Road since their relegation from the Premier League back in May. Many thought the French international was far too good to settle for the English second tier, even with his remarkable pay package [expected to be over £75,000-a-week].
Alan Pardew has been desperate for his colleague Joe Kinnear to get a transfer over the line in recent weeks, as they are the only side in the top flight without a senior arrival yet – even with the recent departures of Danny Simpson, James Perch and Steve Harper.
Fresh reports now claim Newcastle will have to pay his £6.8million buy-out clause if they wish to sign the want away striker, despite Tony Fernandes suggesting two of his squad were to go out on loan.
“I don’t think he will go on loan,” claimed Harry Redknapp.
“I can’t see any sense in it. I don’t know why we’d pay £8million and then loan him out. If he was to go, someone will have to pay for him. He has a buy-out clause, and we want our money back.”
This will obviously be a huge flaw in the Magpies plans due to Remy’s overhanging court case in September and Mike Ashley’s unwillingness to spend money without way of making it back [resale value].
Elsewhere, QPR finally completed the signing of highly rated Championship striker Charlie Austin from Burnley, who bagged 28 goals in just 40 games last campaign. The 24 year-old would be the ideal replacement for Loic Remy if he were to leave for Newcastle, West Ham or Tottenham this summer.