QUEENS Park Rangers have completed the signing of French international striker Loic Remy from Olympique de Marseille for an undisclosed fee.
The 26 year-old has penned a four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road, after the R’s agreed a club record fee for the player’s services.
Remy – who has made 17 starts for France, scoring four goals – is eligible to make his QPR debut against West Ham United on Saturday, subject to international clearance being received.
R’s gaffer Harry Redknapp has been a long-time admirer of the striker and he expressed his delight at the signing, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “I’m delighted to bring him in – he’s a great buy for us.
“I didn’t think we’d get him to be honest but Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn’t give up on it, and it’s great that we now have him here with us.
“He’s always been a player I’ve admired. I’ve watched him on so many occasions throughout the last few years. I actually spent three or four hours with him last year so he knew what I thought of him, and I think that was important.
“He’s quick, can score goals and makes great runs. His movement is excellent. He’s got the potential to be a really outstanding striker.”
Remy – who will wear the number 18 shirt – expressed his delight at clinching a move to Loftus Road, commenting: “Harry played a big part in me coming here. I spoke to him and Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here. They gave me the right motivation to join QPR.
“I want to develop my game here. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives.
“After seven years in France, this is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League – the best League in the world.
“I am confident I can adapt to the Premier League. My main characteristics have taken me to the level I am at today but I am keen to keep improving in the Premier League.”