France and QPR striker Loic Remy is now in limbo, after a £8.5million move to Liverpool collapsed last week.
The Reds claimed that Remy had failed a medical, but Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has claimed the striker is fit and healthy.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has suggested that his club will not be making a renewed bid for the striker, because he has had his chances to join the Magpies and has not yet made the move to Tyneside.
The France international scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances while on loan at St James Park last season and the Magpies were understandably keen to make the deal a permanent.
However, for some reason the deal never happened, maybe the striker thought his performances last season were enough to earn him a move to a team playing Champions League football. They very nearly did with his proposed move to Liverpool collapsing of course.
The north east club look to have moved on to another striker after signing Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferrerya on a season-long loan deal. The Magpies had already strengthen their strike-force with the signing of French striker Emmanuel Riviere earlier this summer, so another forward arrival now seems unlikely.
Arsenal were another club heavily linked with the striker, but it seems that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is happy with his attacking options, with the arrival of Chilean Alexis Sanchez and the return from loan of Costa Rica youngster Joel Campbell.
The Gunners already have Remy’s international teammate Olivier Giroud amongst their attacking ranks, as well as promising youngster Yaya Sanogo, who looks to be in confident mood.
Arch-rivals Spurs were also believed to be interested in signing Remy, but it seems they have yet to make a move for the striker either.
Loic Remy seems to have an inability to avoid trouble off the pitch, with the striker involved in a number of controversial incidents, which may well have contributed to teams avoiding making a bid for the striker.
Maybe his baggage is too much for some clubs, who in modern football have to be aware of player’s reputations and images.
Despite the off-the-pitch incidents Remy has been involved in, he seems like a player worth taking a risk on. At 27-years-old he should be in the prime of his career and has proven his ability to score goals in the Premier League.
A fee of around £8.5million is not a massive amount by Premier League standards, for a player that does have talent and an eye for a goal. Surely another top-flight English club will be in for him before the transfer window shuts?
It seems that is unlikely that Remy will stay at QPR from the noises coming out of Loftus Road. Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has suggested that he does not believe that Remy will be with his club come the start of the season.
Redknapp has even admitted to being slightly concerned about his lack of attacking options ahead of the new season, obviously believing that Remy will not be part of his squad when the campaign kicks-off.
The solution could lie in Remy staying at Loftus Road and attempting to keep the R’s in the Premier League next season, however unlikely that seems.
Loic Remy may just have run out of options in the Premier League and he may now have to consider returning to the continent. There have also been a number of teams from outside the Premier League who have also been linked with a move for the striker, including Monaco in his homeland.
For all the baggage that Loic Remy brings, he also gives teams pace and power. The most important thing he gives his team is goals. His goals last season were crucial to Newcastle. Remy is 25/1 to be the Premier League’s top scorer next season.
Loic Remy may do well to build some bridges with his current club QPR, if he can that is. He should work hard at getting fit for the new season, because at the moment the Hoops represent his best chance of playing Premier League football next season.
Where does Loic Remy’s future lie?
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