QPR’s Loic Remy has joined Premier League side Newcastle United on a season-long loan. Newcastle reportedly paid £2m to secure the striker’s services for the 2013/14 season. It remains highly likely that the loan could turn into a permanent transfer next summer if everything goes well. Newcastle had been after the French striker earlier on already, but only now was the loan deal finalized after the player successfully completed medical tests.
The 26-year-old scored 6 times in his 14 appearances with QPR, and after his side were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season, the striker’s wage bill was too much for QPR to pay and the club was forced to let the player go. There has been a lot of turbulence around the striker, which might have possibly slowed down his process of moving to St. James’ Park. The Frenchman was arrested on suspicion of rape, which saw Newcastle initially back down from the transfer, only to secure the loan deal later on. Remy himself was really happy about the deal:
“I’m very happy to be a Newcastle player. It will be a huge honor to play for such a big club. 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 focused on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can.”
Indeed, for Remy, his new role in Newcastle represents an opportunity to fight for a spot in the French national team. Although the competition is tough against the likes of Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud, a good season in North London could see Remy pack his bags for a trip to Brazil next summer. Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew was also happy about the deal being finalized, as he is reported to be on the hunt for two strikers during the summer:
“Loïc is a great player and I’m delighted that Joe [Kinnear, the director of football] has got him on board for us. He’ll give us strength and pace up front and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of goals.”
Newcastle could still sign another striker during the summer if reports from England are to be believed, as Pardew looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season. One of Newcastle’s reported targets is another Frenchman, Bafetimbi Gomis, who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lyon. As it stands, Remy is tipped to partner Papiss Cisse in Newcastle’s attack to form a duo that has the potential to bring a lot of goals to the St. James’ Park. Newcastle’s goalkeeper Rob Elliot spoke out about the new addition and admitted that he’s delighted to play with the Frenchman in the upcoming season, instead of playing against him:
“When we played them [QPR] at the end of last season, I was really impressed by him. I could not believe his strength when I saw him in the flesh. He is a big, strong lad and has a great all-round game. With the quality of the players we have around him, I am sure we can help him get a few more goals. I will tell you something – I am much happier he is in our team now than playing for someone else.”
After a dissapointing season, the pressure on the manager Alan Pardew is growing. A new signing – especially a relatively high-profile attacker – could well give the management some breathing space and show that the club is serious in its attempts to go for glory. Surely, the fans of Newcastle will hope for Remy’s relationship with his new teammates to help work to secure the team a better position in the league table than last season. Although Remy failed to save his previous club QPR from relegation, a player of his quality is likely to add a lot of great things to Newcastle’s current squad.
Written by Jen Evelyn