The news going round the local publications and fans sites today has been largely centred around Loic Remy, and with little wonder. The French striker come winger has netted 5 times in as many appearances and has an assist to boot. Given how out of sorts Papiss Cisse has been, coupled with any form of competition from the bench, it is a really positive sign that he is stepping up to the mark and willing to shoulder the goalscoring burden this season. Or so his early form would suggest.
So the anxiety from Newcastle United fans comes when we acknowledge the fact that Remy doesn’t belong to us as he is on loan from QPR and I think the question that is on many fans’ lips is whether or not we have an option to sign Remy permanently, or if we are to lose the talented French International when his loan spell is up.
According to Joe Kinnear, the ‘mastermind’ behind the Remy loan deal, we have no option to sign the player permanently, this is what he said following the away win against Villa a few weeks ago,
‘I was delighted to bring Loic Remy to the club in August. In the glimpses we have seen of him so far he has shown what we knew already; that he is a top quality player who will be a fantastic asset to the team.
While it is very early days, Loic possesses all the characteristics that we are looking for to improve the first team and, if he became available, he is exactly the kind of player I would want to secure for this football club.
Clearly, however, he’s a QPR player and we are respectful to them as they will no doubt have their own agenda for Loic when he returns to them.’
Since then we have had some conflicting comments from the club saying that there may in fact be an option to sign him, and of course, last week Harry Redknapp was quoted as saying that he doesn’t want him to return to QPR, and would much rather he secures a permanent deal for Newcastle instead.
There is also the issue of the impending trial looming over Remy. Remy is due to face charges of rape in November, and surely the outcome of this trial will be a determining factor in his transfer future, but it wouldn’t explain a situation in which we have no option to buy, or at least first refusal to buy him when the opportunity does arise. One thing is for sure, is that if he keeps scoring with the same regularity this season, earns his place in France’s World Cup squad and plays his way into the French side, we can kiss our chances of signing him permanently goodbye if we do not have an option.
What do you think? What is your take on the Remy loan situation? Do you think we have an option to buy? I’d love to hear your views.