Our old mate ‘arry Redknapp has been making his mouth go regarding a permanent Loic Remy transfer deal to Newcastle.
The ‘lovable’ QPR manager has been telling everybody that Newcastle should ‘snap him up’ and that the striker’s worth has now doubled the £8m Rangers paid last January.
“We paid eight million and he is worth double that because of the goals he has scored in the Premier League.
“He’d be a great player of he came back, but he wanted to go, and he isn’t going to come back and play in the Championship.
“If somebody came in and offered sixteen million for him I would sell of it was my choice.’
As previously reported, it is said that a price was agreed for a permanent move to Newcastle at the end of his loan spell at Newcastle but that the £8m price tag wasn’t set in stone with either party able to pull out, which basically makes the deal worthless.
The reality is that the loan deal for Loic Remy was surely simply all about a very temporary situation bringing all three parties together;
QPR desperate to get at least a big proportion of Remy’s wages off this year’s accounts and the possibility of a conviction for rape making it all but impossible to sell him, plus after he arrived it then was revealed he was recovering from a bad injury and so missed pre-season training and the start of the season.
The player seeing his Brazil 2014 dream standing no chance unless playing at a high level and hard to see anybody in France that would have ticked the boxes and willing to pay anything like the wages he is on.
Then you have Newcastle who in their last twelve matches last season only managed to score more than one in a match once, even then it was against already relegated QPR and the two goals came as gifts from Bosingwa. Add to this the big Wonga dispute with our only out and out striker Cisse in the summer and the fact Ashley was unwilling to provide any money to buy a striker…
If any deal was ever a marriage of convenience/desperation it was this one, with no chance of any permanence.
Whether it would be £8m or £16m there is surely no way Mike Ashley would pay Remy’s estimated £100,000 a week wages long-term and when the player himself snubbed Newcastle to go to QPR who already had one foot in the Championship, then it told you everything you needed to know.
Yes I’ll enjoy watching him for the rest of this season, and be reassured that for the next few months we have somebody capable of scoring goals, but to think the deal was anything but three desperate parties coming together with nowhere else to turn…would take some believing.