Harry Redknapp has advised Newcastle United to make their bid for Loic Remy this month, or else they could face missing out on the striker.
The France international joined Queens Park Rangers last January in a deal worth around £8million, but he was unable to help the Londoners retain their Premier League status. Unwilling to drop down a division, especially not in World Cup year, the 27-year-old was allowed to join Newcastle on loan for the entirety of this season.
Remy has been in inspired form as the Magpies look to mount a surprise challenge for a top four place and UEFA Champions League football, with 10 goals in 18 matches to his name. And Redknapp admits that he is surprised that Alan Pardew hasn’t been in touch with him to ask about signing the former Marseille striker on a permanent deal.
“I don’t know what the deal is. You’d think they’d want to snap him up, wouldn’t you? If they don’t then someone else will,” the QPR manager told West London Sport. “For what we got him for, he’s probably worth double that now. He’s scored goals in the Premier League again this year. If someone came and offered £15million or £16million for him I’d sell him if it was my choice but it’s not my choice, it’s down to the chairman.”
It would be a huge surprise if Newcastle declined the opportunity to sign Remy, and they may yet try to do just that before the transfer deadline this month. There has been speculation that Arsenal are also interested in the player following Theo Walcott’s injury, but it is understood his loan deal ensures he will see out the season at St James Park.