Tuesday 06 August 2013
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.
The French international, who scored six goals in 14 appearances for the R's last season, joined the west London club from Marseille in January but was unable to prevent them from being relegated during his brief spell at Loftus Road.
The 26-year-old, who almost joined the Magpies in January, is now eager to make the most of his second stab at top-flight football on Tyneside.
"The Premier League is the best league in the world and that's where I want to play"
"I'm very happy to be a Newcastle player," told the club's website. "It will be a huge honour to play for such a big club. I was very flattered by the club's interest in me back in January and also very happy that they showed interest in me again this summer."
Remy has enjoyed his first taste of Barclays Premier League football and with the FIFA World Cup looming next summer he is also determined to demonstrate he is good enough to add to his four goals in 18 appearances for his country.
"The Premier League is the best league in the world and that's where I want to play," he added. "I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country. I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United.
"I am focused on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can."
Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear said: "The need for us to strengthen up front was a priority and I have been working very hard to secure one of our targets in this position.
"He gives us strength and pace up front and I'm sure he'll bring plenty of goals"
"I'm delighted to have secured Loic for the season. Now we have him I'm sure he'll be a huge success for us; I know he's hungry for goals and is absolutely committed to helping us achieve success this season."
Remy is Newcastle's second summer signing following the arrival of French teenager Olivier Kemen from Metz and becomes the 11th Frenchman in Alan Pardew's first-team squad.
"Loic is a great player and I'm delighted that Joe has got him on board for us," added Pardew. "He'll be a great addition to the squad, he gives us strength and pace up front and I'm sure he'll bring plenty of goals.
"It's a big season for Loic, like it is for all our international players ahead of the World Cup, which will only provide extra incentive for him to play at the very top of his game."