Arsenal Transfer News: Loic Remy Told by QPR He Can Leave for Big Fee

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Newcastle player Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Harry Redknapp has stated he'd be willing to sell Loic Remy, currently on loan at Newcastle United, if his QPR side were to receive an offer of "£15 million or £16 million."

However, Redknapp was swift to back up his comments by mentioning that chairman Tony Fernandes is the one who calls the shots in such decisions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Harry Redknapp Manager of Queens Park Rangers beore the start of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster Rovers at Loftus Road on January 1, 2014 in London, England, (Photo by Robin Parker/Gett
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Arsenal have been credited with an interest in the Frenchman's services, per the Daily Mail, particularly as Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his forward ranks following Theo Walcott's injury blow.

The Mail quotes Redknapp as saying: "If someone came and offered £15 million or £16 million for him I'd sell him if it was my choice, but it's not - it’s down to the chairman."

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal makes his point during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on December 29, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by
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The report goes on to mention that a buyout clause of just £8 million exists in the forward's deal, but it will have expired by the time his loan arrangement at Newcastle has come to a close. Redknapp explains:

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.

For what we got him for, he’s probably worth double that now. He’s scored goals in the Premier League again this year.

Remy came to Loftus Road during the last January transfer window, scoring six goals in 14 appearances under Redknapp, per, but ultimately failed to keep QPR in the English top flight.

That being said, the French international has found a new lease of life at St. James' Park, and he has already racked up more appearances for the Magpies.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers during the Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United at Loftus Road on May 12, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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According to, Remy has appeared in 18 matches so far this term, netting on 10 occasions and teaming up excellently alongside compatriots Yoan Gouffran and Yohan Cabaye in particular.

OptaJean delves deeper into the frontman's success at Newcastle, having earned the moniker Chateau Nouveau due to their thriving French contingent:

Remy's acquisition would be a savvy one at £8 million, but his value becomes more debatable when talking in figures that Redknapp eludes to.

The Gunners' options for attacking reinforcement are trimmed considerably as a result of the competitive January market, when top players are involved in European competition. But the club would have free rein to look where they choose come the end of this term.

Wenger's side need to be thorough in making the perfect choice if they are to bring in support for Olivier Giroud in January. A loan deal, acting as a stop-gap until they can get their top targets in the summer, might represent the best option.

Remy came highly recommended during his days in Ligue 1 and has translated his scoring talents to the English game well for periods.

However, the forward has now netted just twice in his last eight matchesboth goals coming in a 5-1 demolition of Stoke City on Boxing Day.

As far as Redknapp is concerned, the Frenchman's time in West London could be done come this summer, but a departure still rests on who might be willing to pay up.