Olympique de Marseille president Vincent Labrune has confirmed that the club have reached an agreement with Newcastle United for the transfer of France international striker Loic Remy, with reports suggesting Les Phocéens accepted a bid in the region of €10 million for the 26-year-old, Sky Sports understands.
Remy, 26, has been linked with a number of clubs in the January transfer window, including Queens Park Rangers.
“We have an agreement with Newcastle for the transfer of Remy,” revealed Labrune. “Loic can negotiate with them.”
The France international is on his way to England to negotiate a new deal with Newcastle United after being given permission to leave Marseille.
On-loan Marseille midfielder Joey Barton, formerly of Newcastle United, wished the striker well after the news was made public.
Barton tweeted: “Good luck to Loic in Newcastle. Don’t worry I’ve told him what to expect. Great guy. Perfect club for him. #toonarmy.”
Remy gives the Magpies another viable striking option following the sale of Demba Ba to English Premier League giants Chelsea, and is expected to play alongside Senegal international Papiss Demba Cissé.
The 26-year-old has been out of sorts this season, having scored just three goals in 23 appearances, 10 starts, in all competitions for L’OM.
Meanwhile, Cissé has netted six goals in 26 games for the Magpies, while Demba Ba scored 13 goals in 22 games for Newcastle before joining Chelsea earlier this month.
Now then, is Loic Remy the right front-man for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United?
QPR want M’Vila
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp flew to France on Saturday to scout Stade Rennais midfielder Yann M’Vila amid speculation suggesting that Rangers have submitted a €9 million bid for the Frenchman, who is reportedly valued at €12 million by Les Rouges et Noirs, Sky Sports reports.
M’Vila, 22, is also attracting interest from Fulham, with unnamed clubs in the Russian Premier League also tracking the France international defensive midfielder.
The 22-year-old, who is banned from international duty until 30 June 2014 following an ill-advised trip to a nightclub just days before Les Bleus’ Euro 2013 play-off loss in Norway, caught the eye of Harry Redknapp while the Englishman was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.
Rennes were not willing to sell M’Vila for less than €20 million then, but a formal bid close to €12 million could see the Frenchman move to Loftus Road in January.
Redknapp is desperate to bring in quality players to boost Queens Park Rangers’ chances of Premier League survival and M’Vila, who never shies away from a challenge, certainly fits that criteria.