The race for Loic Remy is finally over.
Queens Park Rangers have won the derby to acquire the services of Remy from Marseille, signing the striker to a four-year deal that is expected to pay him anywhere from £80,000 to £110,000 per week.
Newcastle United appeared to have outlasted the tug-of-war for Remy before QPR jumped into the mix and won him away with an offer that he couldn’t refuse. The overall package is reportedly worth £17.55 million after costing the team £8 million to sign him away from Marseille.
Now headed for west London, the French native is expected to make an instant impact for Harry Redknapp and the Hoops. He’ll bring speed and scoring prowess to the offense while taking some of the pressure off of the rest of the QPR front line.
A sticking point for Remy to join QPR was a clause in his contract that would allow him to exit from the club if they fall victim to relegation at season’s end. Seeing as they only have 14 points and a record of 2-8-12 through 22 games, relegation is a real option. The addition of Remy, however, could prove to be a turning point for QPR.
Remy marks the second signing for QPR during the current transfer window. The Hoops landed out-of-contract defender Tal Ben Haim, who is expected to be a big presence once he debuts on Saturday against West Ham United. Adding Remy to the equation should only heighten Redknapp and Co.’s chances of avoiding relegation.
There’s a long way to go for QPR as they attempt to elevate themselves out of the bottom three of the EPL standings before the season comes to a close. Time is running out, but these high-risk, high-reward moves could be the extra push the Hoops need.