Queens Park Rangers signed striker Loic Remy from Marseille to reinforce its attack as the English Premier League’s bottom team strives to avoid relegation.
QPR didn’t specify the transfer fee, which it said is a club record. It’s 8 million pounds ($12.9 million), according to the Press Association. Remy, who scored four goals in 17 appearances for France, joins on a 4 1/2-year contract.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp praised club chairman Tony Fernandes’s efforts in recruiting Remy.
“He’s a great buy for us,” Redknapp told the club website. “I didn’t think we’d get him to be honest, but Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn’t give up on it, and it’s great that we now have him here with us.”
Remy, 26, previously played for Lyon, Lens and Nice. He was also linked with a move to Newcastle but QPR offered 80,000 pounds a week in salary, double the Magpies’ offer, according to the Daily Mail.
“He’s quick, can score goals and makes great runs,” Redknapp said. “His movement is excellent. He’s got the potential to be a really outstanding striker.”
Remy said Redknapp played a “big part” in his decision to join.
“I spoke to him and Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here,” he said. “They gave me the right motivation to join QPR. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives. This is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League, the best league in the world.”
Another France international, Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, is also poised to join QPR for 7 million pounds, according to the PA.
West London-based QPR has won only two of 22 league games this season, picking up 14 points of a possible 66. Former Tottenham coach Redknapp took over as manager in November, replacing the fired Mark Hughes after the team took four points from the first 12 matches. QPR finished one place above relegation last season.
QPR won 1-0 at West Brom last night in an F.A. Cup third- round replay. Remy could make his QPR debut at West Ham in three days, subject to international clearance of the deal.
Last week defender Ryan Nelsen said he’ll leave to become head coach of Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, although he’ll stay with QPR in the short term as it battles relegation.
The club also released forward Kieron Dyer, whose career has been blighted by injury in recent seasons.
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