EPL Transfer News: QPR Closing in on Swoop for French Duo

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11:  Loic Remy of France celebrates after scoring the only goal during the International Friendly between France and USA at Stade de France on November 11, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is no stranger to pulling off shocking deals in the transfer window and his latest transfer coup may be his most impressive. 

The Sun reported late Monday night that the bottom feeders of the English Premier League signed Marseille forward Loic Remy and Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. 

Remy, who has been constantly linked with a move to Newcastle United, decided to make the move to Loftus Road over a move to Tyneside (via Sky Sports). 

Remy has made 14 appearances for Marseillie this season, but only two of them have been starts. 

In his time on the pitch for the Ligue 1 squad, Remy has scored just one goal. 

Despite his lack of playing time this season, the 26-year-old is a proven goalscorer with 27 league goals in his previous two seasons at Marseille. 

The 22-year-old M'Vila will be another welcome addition to the QPR squad as they look to escape relegation for a second straight season. 

M'Vila has played in 15 matches for Rennes this season with 11 of those appearances coming in a starting role. 

QPR have shown signs of hope in the relegation battle with a road win over Chelsea and a draw with Tottenham at home in their last two EPL matches. 

The two results have put the Loftus Road outfit just five points away from 17th-placed Wigan Athletic. 

Remy will be cast into the role of the primary forward at the club with Djibril Cisse not playing much under Redknapp and a pair of experienced players, Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, both out with long-term injuries. 

Remy will get to combine with the attacking talents of Adel Taarabt, who has flourished since Redknapp came to the club in November, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jamie Mackie when he joins up with QPR. 

M'Vila, who is a defensive midfielder by trade, will be a strong addition to a QPR defense that is improving by the match. 

If Redknapp sticks with the 4-3-3 formation that he used against Chelsea and Tottenham, M'Vila will be cast into the central midfield role. 

The youthful skill set of M'Vila will compliment the experienced set of EPL veterans already in the R's defense that includes Ryan Nelsen, Clint Hill, and Stephane Mbia. 

There is no doubt that the addition of the two Frenchmen will boost the amount of talent in the QPR starting 11, but whether they have enough talent to keep the R's in the EPL for another season is still to be decided. 

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