Why Newcastle’s swoop for QPR’s Loic Remy is summer’s best deal
Newcastle may have secured the deal of the summer after QPR's Loic Remy joined on a season-long loan, writes Kieran Beckles
Loic Remy’s loan switch to Newcastle United sees common sense briefly return to this summer’s transfer window.
It’s been a relentless few months of speculation since the Premier League season reached its conclusion and football cast its eye on the murky world of transfers.
Over the past week, Real Madrid have stepped up their attempts to sign Tottenham Hotspur talisman Gareth Bale, with Los Blancos reportedly ready to offer a world-record £100m offer for the Welsh star.
Rewind to June and Manchester United target Radamel Falcao completed an eye-watering £54m switch to cash-rich Monaco, who have only just sealed a return to Ligue 1.
We’ve even had the ridiculous. Doncaster Rovers’ signing of One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson as a non-contract player certainly ranks as one of the most unique transfer swoops ever.
But forget Bale, Falcao and Tomlinson, it’s Newcastle who have pulled off the summer’s transfer masterstroke by securing Remy on a season-long loan for the princely sum of £2m.
This may come as a surprise considering Newcastle’s penchant for controversy – or more accurately, Mike Ashley’s ability to rock the boat – and Joe Kinnear’s appointment as sporting director.
Despite all the off-field drama, the Magpies have secured the services of a proven goal-scorer in both France and the Premier League, taking the pressure off the club to sign a striker on a permanent deal.
Newcastle were left with a depleted and misfiring attack following Demba Ba’s £7.5m switch to Chelsea in the January transfer window. It almost resulted in the club’s relegation.
Papiss Cisse struggled under the added burden of leading the Magpies’ front-line without his Senegal team-mate, scoring three goals in 14 Premier League appearances after January.
Ironically, Remy – who can play wide or in a central role – was on the brink of being signed as Ba’s replacement before Tony Fernandes managed to tempt the Marseille star to Loftus Road thanks to a game of Fifa.
The 26-year-old’s move to St James’ Park makes sense for all parties concerned.
The former Marseille striker played his way into Didier Deschamps’s France squad in March after a two-year absence following a string of clinical performances for Harry Redknapp’s side.
Understandably, Remy is desperate to prove his worth with the World Cup on the horizon, and scoring regularly in Premier League is obviously more of an impressive feat than being a prolific finisher in the Championship.
Initially, QPR boss Redknapp had signalled his intent to keep the club’s star striker at Loftus Road, but the arrival of Burnley’s Charlie Austin, who was the Championship’s top scorer last term, negates Remy’s temporary switch.
If Austin, alongside Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, can produce the goals needed to secure QPR’s immediate return to the top flight, then Remy can return to the R’s with three years still to run on his Hoops deal.
For Newcastle, Remy should complement Cisse and offer a similar goal threat to their former striker, Ba. After a turbulent campaign, Pardew will be desperate to climb the table and attempt to emulate their 2011-12 season.
Remy has four months of Premier League football under his belt and won’t take time to settle, and should he prove a massive hit at St James’ Park, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could be convinced to cough up funds to secure a permanent deal.
Quite simply for France, QPR, Remy and Newcastle, it really is a case of everyone’s a winner.