From a Tottenham perspective... Two perplexing aspects of the Loic Remy deal

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QPR-bound Loic Remy was close to signing for Tottenham Hotspur last summer. Why has he dropped his ambition so greatly?

Marseille striker Loic Remy has been causing a right old tug of war and heartache this transfer window.

Newcastle fans were celebrating his signature when former Toon badboy Joey Barton revelled in delivering the news that his teammate was soon to snub them and switch to QPR.

The move is said to be close, and it looks as though Harry Redknapp is to finally get his man after all.

What is perplexing about the deal is are two things:

Firstly how Remy's ambition appears to have dropped.

The Frenchman was a target for Spurs last season in both January and in early summer. In fact reports last May claimed he was willing to sign for them, on the condition they qualified for the Champions League.

When Chelsea won the competition and Spurs were sent into the Europa League, Remy fell off Tottenham's radar. Clearly he had made his decision.

That now looks a little odd based on the fact he has joined the Premier League's bottom club and could be playing the likes of Barnsley and Ipswich Town in the Championship next season.

An explanation would be that Spurs had less money available for transfers as a result, and Redknapp's dismissal as manager saw him fall down their list of priorities and it was in fact they who pulled out of the deal. Fair enough, but Remy is still taking a big drop down and could have held out for a different move. He even had one lined up.

Harry Redknapp's persuasive skills have obviously talked him into the deal, by talking up QPR's chances of survival and future prospects, but Remy's willingness to accept a short-term future with no European football whatsoever seems odd for a highly rated striker.

The other aspect, which is linked, is the price. Spurs were linked with Remy on deadline day in August, with Marseille said to want £15 million for his signature. Some earlier reports had even set his price at £20 million.

QPR are said to be paying just £8-9 million for him. The deal begs questions not really over how much his price has dropped, valuations are often over-inflated, but more over why Spurs didn't go back in for him.

Tottenham are looking good to offer Remy Champions League football for next season if he joined, and a far more exciting side to play in and be a part of.

Most of all Spurs need a striker with Adebayor off to the African Nations Cup, and a cut-price Remy seems a bargain. Clearly Andre Villas-Boas had other ideas, as he is entitled to.

But he has been a long-term target for a while, his price has dipped dramatically, and he would have plugged a gap in the Spurs squad.

Harry Redknapp will be glad to have got his man. At least Spurs got their second fixture with QPR out the way last week so he can't make a difference against them, and as Spurs fans will no doubt point out, it's Remy's loss really.

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