Wednesday, January 16, 2013

QPR buy Loic Remy and Yann M’Vila

HARRY REDKNAPP finally bagged France international Loic Remy — 12 months on from when he first tried to sign him as Tottenham boss.

The 26-year-old agreed an £8million switch from Marseille and has signed a 4-½ year deal, worth around £75,000 per-week.

And Rangers’ boss Redknapp admitted he thought he had missed out on the striker, who was also wanted by Newcastle.

He said: “I’m delighted to bring him in – he’s a great buy for us.
“I didn’t think we’d get him to be honest but (club chairman) 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.
“He’s always been a player I’ve admired. I’ve watched him on so many occasions throughout the last few years.

“I actually spent three or four hours with him last year so he knew what I thought of him, and I think that was important.

“He’s quick, can score goals and makes great runs. His movement is excellent. He’s got the potential to be a really outstanding striker.”

Remy, who has made 17 starts for France and scored four goals, could make his QPR debut against West Ham on Saturday.

And he says he is willing to roll up his sleeves to help strugglers Rangers beat the drop.
He added: “Harry played a big part in me coming here. I spoke to him and Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here.

“I want to develop my game here. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives.

“After seven years in France, this is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League — the best League in the world.

“I am confident I can adapt to the Premier League. My main characteristics have taken me to the level I am at today but I am keen to keep improving in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, QPR could follow up Remy’s capture with the £7million arrival of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.

Redknapp added: “I also liked M’Vila when I was at Tottenham. He’s 22, played against England a couple of years ago for France, and was fantastic.

“Arsenal and Spurs made offers for him. Rennes turned down £28million from an English club for him a year ago and Spurs offered £15million for him in August.

“M’Vila’s had a few problems off the field problems. If he behaves himself, and plays as we know he can, he’ll do well.”

source the sun


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