Arsenal transfers: Harry Redknapp not surprised by Loic Remy interest
Arsenal transfers: QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he is not surprised by interest in "20 goal-a-season" striker Loic Remy
Harry Redknapp says he is not surprised Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy is attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 26-year-old has been in sparkling form for the Hoops, scoring five goals in seven Premier League starts, after completing a £8m move to Loftus Road from Marseille in the January transfer window.
Remy, who was a Redknapp target during the manager’s reign at White Hart Lane, has been linked with a move to north London at the end of the season, with QPR struggling to catch 17th-placed Sunderland.
Redknapp believes Remy is capable of scoring 20 Premier League goals in a full season in the English top flight, with the QPR boss hoping the French star can fire the Hoops to safety.
“There’s going to be interest in him,” said Redknapp.
“We were chasing him at Spurs 18 months ago, we were talking about big money. I think it was a £20m fee at the time.
“He’s got back in the French team since he’s been here. He scores fantastic goals and he’s a great finisher. He could have had three last week – he hit the post and had a great header.
“I looked at him on Thursday morning before Wigan, and he hit three goals in training that were just incredible. In a full season in the Premier League, he’d get you 20 goals.”
Redknapp also reckons his predecessor Mark Hughes was unfortunate to be left short on strikers after early-season injuries to Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora.
But the current QPR boss has not fared much better than the Welshman, with Remy being hampered by niggling injuries and Zamora banned for three games after his red card in a 1-1 draw with Wigan.
“They’ve not had striker who can score goals,” he added.
“Mark Hughes was unlucky. He lost Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson – he didn’t play all season. We bring in Remy to play with Zamora and Remy picks up injury.
“Then Zamora is out with an injury. When they play together, we look like we’re going to win. Now Bobby is out for three games because of a rash decision. It’s cost us again.”