Joe Kinnear’s been at it again as he spoke to the Mirror yesterday and revealed some bad news for Newcastle United, but some good news for QPR, as he admitted that the Magpies don’t have an option to buy Loic Remy at the end of his season-long loan.
Loic Remy’s Newcastle career hasn’t exactly started well, as the Frenchman is yet to wear the famous black and white shirt in a Premier League encounter.
The 26-year-old has been ruled out of Newcastle’s opening fixtures against Manchester City and West Ham with a niggling calf injury, and he still has to face a trial on suspicion of gang rape next month.
So he may never even play for Newcastle and now Director of Football Joe Kinnear has revealed that, contrary to prior reports, there is no option to buy as part of the deal.
Kinnear firstly said: “I sanctioned the one-year loan deal for Loic Remy, and if it goes pear-shaped I will take responsibility for it,” so it seems like Joe has been acting alone.
He continued: “But if he scores goals and does well for us, Alan will be happy with our end of the deal; the player will be happy because he will come into contention for a World Cup place with France,” which is all fine.
However, Kinnear concluded: “If both those things happen, Remy will go back to QPR as a World Cup player with a higher value than when he joined them, so everyone will come out of it well.”
Thus Kinnear is inferring that Remy will go back to QPR whatever happens during his time at Newcastle, which just seems ludicrous.
It would be amateurish not to have an agreed fee in place for the end of the deal, but then that’s a word that describes Newcastle’s activities pretty much perfectly right now.