Marseille striker Loic Remy has turned down the chance to join Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window after rejecting a meeting with manager Harry Redknapp, ESPN Soccernet understands.
Remy, 26, is currently out-of-favour with Olympique de Marseille boss Élie Baup, with the France international having started just two league games for Les Phocéens this season, fueling speculation that he could leave the Stade Vélodrome in January.
Redknapp has been tracking Remy for quite some time, and was keen on bringing the French striker to Tottenham Hotspur prior to his quickfire exit from the club.
However, Remy does not want to join Queens Park Rangers in their battle for English Premier League survival.
“He didn’t want to come,” revealed Redknapp. “I went over last week to watch him, not that I needed to, as I watched him seven times when I was at Spurs. Then just did not want to speak about coming.
“I couldn’t even get a meeting with him. I was hoping for a meeting with him to encourage him to come, and he wasn’t being disrespectful. People say he was being disrespectful and not talking to us but he was in a position where last year at Spurs he was interested and I got on well with him, and I think he felt embarrassed coming to see me to say he wasn’t interesting in coming to QPR.”
At the moment, Newcastle United — who lost Demba Ba to Chelsea earlier this month — are the favourites to land Remy from Marseille.
With Remy relegated to the bench, striker duo Andre-Pierre Gignac and Jordan Ayew have been getting most of the playing time for L’OM, who are currently three points behind table-toppers Olympique Lyonnais, with a game in hand.
The 26-year-old striker has netted just three goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for Les Phocéens this term.
Aubameyang staying at St Etienne
AS Saint-Étienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he will not be leaving the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in January, despite reports linking the Gabon international with Premier League duo Manchester City and Manchester United, Sky Sports reports.
Furthermore, Aubameyang has also been linked with a move to Newcastle United following the sale of Demba Ba to Chelsea.
Serie A outfit Fiorentina and ‘another big Italian club’ are also interested, according to Aubameyang.
“I want to leave with everyone happy,” Aubameyang told French magazine Vert Foot.
“I will not leave in this January window.
“There is contact with the two Manchester clubs and also clubs in Italy, especially Fiorentina and another big Italian club.”
Aubameyang, who represented Gabon at the 2012 London Olympics, has bagged eight goals and four assists in 19 league games for Saint-Étienne this season.