Wednesday 16 January 2013
Queens Park Rangers have announced the signing of Marseille and France striker Loic Remy for a club record fee.
The 26-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year contract and is now eligible for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against West Ham United, subject to international clearance being received.
Remy, who has been handed the number 18 shirt, has scored four goals in 17 starts for his country and he said manager Harry Redknapp "played a big part in me coming here".
"I spoke to him and [chairman] Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here," Remy told the club's official website. "They gave me the right motivation to join QPR.
"He's got the potential to be a really outstanding striker"
"I want to develop my game here. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives.
"After seven years in France, this is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League – the best League in the world.
"I am confident I can adapt to the Premier League. My main characteristics have taken me to the level I am at today but I am keen to keep improving in the Premier League."
Remy had spells with Lyon, Lens (on loan) and Nice before joining Marseille in 2010 where he scored 42 goals in 111 appearances and won two League Cups.
His signing is QPR's second of the January window so far and Redknapp will be hoping that Remy can play a key role in the club's battle against relegation.
"I'm delighted to bring him in – he's a great buy for us," said Redknapp. "I didn't think we'd get him to be honest but Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn't give up on it, and it's great that we now have him here with us.
"He's always been a player I've admired. I've watched him on so many occasions throughout the last few years. I actually spent three or four hours with him last year so he knew what I thought of him, and I think that was important.
"He's quick, can score goals and makes great runs. His movement is excellent. He's got the potential to be a really outstanding striker."