THE signing of Loic Remy for QPR was sealed with a game of FIFA, the club has revealed.
The 26-year-old January man, who signed for a club record £8m, had a FIFA 12 session with R’s chairman Tony Fernandes after his four hour contract negotiation.
The striker said: “It was a special moment that followed our chat about QPR.
“We just played a game of FIFA – it was good and showed to me what a good person Tony is.
“He showed his human side to me as an owner of the club I wanted to join. It was a special moment for us both.”
More special for Remy you would suspect, as he beat Fernandes 6-0 then on penalties following a 4-4 draw.
However R’s CEO Philip Beard said: “They had great fun, but Tony told me he let him win!”
HARRY Redknapp says despite his reputation as a ‘wheeler dealer’ he has not considered any potential transfer targets for QPR this January.
It had been assumed owner Tony Fernandes would fund new signings when the transfer window opens, but the new QPR boss insists potential targets have not even been discussed.
He said: “I’m not looking at January. It’s about now. There are games between now and the window that will decide where we’re going.
“If we don’t pick up some points and wins in that period, what’s the point of putting yourself in trouble trying to buy players?”
Since arriving at QPR less than a week ago Harry Redknapp has been linked with Darren Bent, Michael Dawson, Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Loic Remy, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Nicholas Anelka, Yoan Gouffran and David Beckham.
I repeat, less than a week ago.
HAVING learnt my journalistic trade in Stoke-on-Trent, I must confess a soft spot mushier than Wembley’s turf for the Potters.
So naturally I applaud the news that Tony Pulis has put Stoke in pole position to land ÃÂ£12m-rated French starlet Loic Remy after flying out to meet him in Nice before flying him back to Staffordshire to look at the set-up.
Described in his native country as the new Thierry Henry, and set to play a second time for France against Norway mid-week, to see Stoke beating suitors Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham to his signature would be a joy.
Hopefully the hard sell will pay off for Pulis, and his cutting edge can be added to his solid Stoke side.