Marseille sporting director Jose Angio has revealed that three clubs are in serious talks to sign forward Loic Remy.
Angio revealed on Monday that Marseille are in discussions with Premier League clubs Newcastle and QPR, along with a third club for Remy’s services.
Newcastle were believed to have already sealed a 10 million British pound move for the 26-year-old this week, with Marseille loanee Joey Barton writing, ‘Good luck to Loic in Newcastle’ on Twitter.
However, Barton claimed on Monday evening that the Frenchman could yet join QPR, and Angio has confirmed that competition for his signature is tight.
Angio told RTL: “Remy will talk with them as he discusses with two other clubs.
“For Remy there is not just Newcastle, we also have an agreement with QPR and one other club.
“It is up to Remy to decide. I don’t think Remy has shut the door on QPR as is being said everywhere.”
Remy has struggled for form this season, scoring just twice in 12 appearances, but netted 20 times last term.
Having already tweeted about Remy’s move to the Magpies, Barton weighed in once again on Twitter.
“Watching Patriots. Just heard from a magician that Loic Remy has signed for QPR. Not sure what happened at Newcastle probably Llambas again!,” he tweeted in a derogatory reference to Newcastle general manager Derek Llambias.
“Gift of the gab from Harry Redknapp perhaps? Thought it was done and dusted to Newcastle. Something must of gone amiss. Great news 4 #QPR.”
Barton’s tweets, however, were criticised by a former team-mate of his at Manchester City, Dietmar Hamann, leading to a scathing war of words between the pair throughout Monday evening.
“Joey do yourself a favour and stay out of club politics QPR and NUFC have paid you well for playing not to commentonrecruitment,” Hamann tweeted to Barton.
Barton, though, did not take kindly to Hamann’s comments and responded with a string of insults, referring to Hamann’s issues with gambling and alleging the former Liverpool and Bolton player of taking drugs.
“Trying to give me stick you cheeky man. Get your own life in order first… #peopleinglasshouses,” tweeted Barton in response.
A selection of Barton’s tweets went even further: “If you wanna have it out publicly. Am here all day mate. Not having idiots like you talking like u actually have a clue!
“I put the graft in mate. Not playing poker online and smoking biffas night before the game. I wouldnt let u manage a pet shop.
“Champions leagues medals don’t make ur wife or kids respect u. Ur life like a car crash mate. Sort ur own house out!
Hamann, however, has never been linked to any form of drug taking, but he still had a few jibes at Barton in response.
“Never forget who pays and paid your wages my friend how you dare having a go at Llambias and Fernandes England international,” Hamann tweeted, referring to Barton’s solitary England cap.
“Joseph I won’t get personal as Twitter is not the place to do that but don’t think you are bigger than you are.”