Harry Redknapp wheeling and dealing to offload Loic Remy
That’s exactly what the Queens Park Rangers manager did today when he explained that any club interested in Loic Remy would have to pony up $3.1 million (£2m) for one year of the striker’s services.
“We paid about £8m for him, so if someone wants to loan him for a year, we are entitled to get £2m a year for him,” said Redknapp.
Ever the salesman, Redknapp has no qualms advertising what a club would be getting if they purchased Remy. “Make no mistake, he will get between 15 and 20 goals next season if he goes to a Premier League club. He is a top-class player, a player for any club in the Premier League in my opinion.”
It’s a bold statement from Redknapp, especially considering the French international only scored 6 goals in 14 appearances for the R’s last year after arriving at Loftus Road during the January transfer window.
The statement seems even more audacious when considering the 26 year old has only struck for 15 goals once in his career, back in the 2010-11 campaign with Marseille. So either Ligue 1 is more competitive than the Premier League or Redknapp believes Remy is about to have the best season of his career.
Since their relegation from the Premier League last May, QPR have been desperate to shed their bloated wage salary, selling Ji-Sung Park, Chris Samba and Jamie Mackie while letting DJ Campbell, Djibril Cisse, Tal Ben Haim and Jose Boswinga all leave the club on frees.
Remy’s wages are reportedly in excess of $115,000 (£75k) per week.