Could QPR striker opt for Arsenal over Newcastle?

Loic Remy

Loic Remy's future uncertain after striker reveals he wants to play in Champions League.

Loic Remy’s future appears a little less certain this week after the striker dropped something of a bombshell on Newcastle United by hinting that he could leave should the Magpies fail to secure Champions League football this season.

France striker Remy is on loan at St James’ Park for the season from Championship side QPR, and has been in sensational form, scoring 12 goals in 21 appearances.

Hoops manager Harry Redknapp said this week that he is surprised that Newcastle have not tried to make the deal permanent. Redknapp values Remy at around £16m, exactly double the amount Rangers paid Ligue 1 side Marseille a year ago.

Things may not be that straightforward, however, For one, Remy said: “I miss the Champions League. It is a very special competition. We will see what happens, if I stay here or if we play in the Champions League.” Clearly, Remy is keeping his options open, and if Newcastle fail to make the top four (they are currently eighth) he could be off.

Moreover, QPR owner Tony Fernandes would like to see Remy return to Loftus Road. Rangers are gunning for promotion this season, and if they achieve it Fernandes sees Remy as the ideal centre-forward to build a team around. He is aware, however, of Remy’s desire to play in the Champions League, and that could bring Arsenal into play.

Arsene Wenger may venture into the transfer market for a striker this month, with Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner both suffering injury problems. If he waits until the summer, he could do far worse than having a look at Remy.

Remy is a proven goal-scorer and a natural finisher. Unlike Giroud, who does his best work with his back to goal, Remy is a poacher, and exactly what Arsenal need.

Redknapp’s valuation of £16m would hardly break the bank either, and the striker would fulfil his dream (in all likelihood) of playing Champions League football.

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