Loic Remy: I strongly considered Newcastle offer before joining QPR

Loic Remy admits he seriously considered the offer to join Newcastle United before opting to join QPR this week

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta at Harlington
loic remy
Loic Remy joined QPR from Marseille on Wednesday Photo: The Sport Review

loic remy

Loic Remy says he seriously considered a move to Newcastle United but ultimately chose to join Queens Park Rangers because of the “exciting project” at Loftus Road.

The 26-year-old France international signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Hoops on Wednesday after sealing an £8m transfer from Marseille.

Remy confirmed that he met with Newcastle officials and was close to joining the St James’ Park outfit.

But the midfielder says the presence of manager Harry Redknapp at QPR and the lure of a “big challenge” swayed his decision in the west Londoners’ favour.

“It’s true that I hesitated between Newcastle and QPR,” said Remy. “I went to meet the staff at Newcastle United and there came a time when I had to make my decision.

“I made my decision based on two factors. Firstly, I already knew the coach Harry Redknapp, and secondly I’m really excited by the project that QPR have here for the future.”

Remy, however, is under no illusions about the size of the task that awaits at Loftus Road, with the Hoops bottom of the table and six points from safety.

“It’s true that it’s a big challenge and the team is currently in a tough situation,” continued Remy, who has 17 France caps.

“But since Redknapp has been here I think things have changed a great deal.

“It’s now up to us in the second half of the season to work hard and stay up.

“It’s a dream of mine to play in the Premier League and I’ve never had the chance to move to England, so it’s great to be here.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Roy Keane: What I really think about Paul Pogba at Man United
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Gary Neville slams ‘pathetic’ Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man City in cup final
Dubai 2018
The Sport Review
Dubai 2018: Svitolina brings end to bold Kasatkina’s run to defend title
The Sport Review
Jamie Redknapp talks up Eden Hazard partnership with Chelsea FC signing