We won’t pay silly money! Pardew calm over Remy’s Newcastle snub
Newcastle transfers: Alan Pardew says the Magpies did everything possible to sign Loic Remy, who joined QPR on Wednesday
Alan Pardew insists that Newcastle United did everything possible to sign Loic Remy after the striker opted to move to Queens Park Rangers.
The Marseille forward signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Loftus Road after completing an £8m switch from l’OM to the Hoops on Wednesday.
Remy appeared to set to turn down QPR and join Newcastle United before a remarkable change of heart saw him complete a transfer to the west London club.
Magpies boss Pardew is desperate to strengthen his striking department after losing prolific finisher Demba Ba to Chelsea earlier this month.
And the 51-year-old maintained that Newcastle did everything possible to tempt Remy to St James’ Park.
“It was a little strange as we had obviously put a lot of work in and made the club an offer that was accepted, a good offer,” Pardew said.
“We made a fantastic offer to the player and then he didn’t arrive. This club is on a financial footing that is strong, but we’re still not going to pay silly money.
“We’re going to pay what is correct and that is what we offered.
“We made a fantastic offer, a fantastic Premiership offer to that player – trust me.
“I don’t really want to criticise the player. The player makes the decision and he stands by it. I don’t really have anything else to say on it.”
Pardew remains optimistic about Newcastle’s chances of keeping Fabricio Coloccini after the captain expressed his desire to leave the club and return to Argentina earlier this week.
“We’re going to sit down next week and hopefully iron out the issues and come to the conclusion that Colo stays and obviously that’s what I hope for as a manager,” added Pardew.