Harry Redknapp accepts Queens Park Rangers could lose Loic Remy in the summer.
The Loftus Road manager has always been a huge admirer of the France international, and tried to sign him whilst he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. He finally landed his man in the New Year, when the QPR boss spent £8million on his budget to lure the striker from Marseille.
Although the Hoops have been unable to claw their way out of danger since the turn of the year, Remy has been big plus with a healthy return of five goals in seven appearances. This has naturally led to speculation linking the 26-year-old with another transfer when the window reopens, with Spurs again believed to be interested in adding him to their ranks.
Despite Remy being under contract until the summer of 2017, he reportedly has a clause in his deal allowing him to move on for £8million if QRP are relegated. And Redknapp admits that unless his players can stage a late fightback, the striker will be on his way in the coming months.
“I would have thought it would be hard to hang on to Remy. He was someone we were chasing when I was at Spurs,” he said. “Over the season he would get you 20 goals in the Premier League. And a 20-goal-a-year man is going to be hard to hang on to. We have to make sure we stay up if we want to keep him. That’s the key, although I haven’t discussed it with him or the owners.”
QPR are currently seven points adrift of safety with just five matches remaining, following their 2-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday afternoon. They face two of their rival strugglers, Stoke City at home and Reading away, this month. Into May and Redknapp has successive homes matches against Arsenal and Newcastle United, before the season ends with a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.