Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that the club made Loic Remy a “fantastic” offer.
He was convinced to join the Super Hoops by Harry Redknapp, who is believed to have handed him a bumper contract to aid them in their relegation fight.
It is reported that the 26-year-old will earn around £70,000-per-week at Loftus Road, but Pardew revealed that the Magpies made him a very attractive offer and that he is surprised by the player’s decision:
“It was a little strange as we had obviously put a lot of work in and made the club an offer that was accepted, a good offer,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
Pardew went on to state that Newcastle will not be forced into paying over the odds for any player:
“We made a fantastic offer to the player and then he didn’t arrive. This club is on a financial footing that is strong, but we’re still not going to pay silly money.
“We’re going to pay what is correct and that is what we offered. We made a fantastic offer, a fantastic Premiership offer to that player – trust me.
“I don’t really want to criticise the player. The player makes the decision and he stands by it. I don’t really have anything else to say on it.”
Remy’s decision now leaves Newcastle hunting desperately for striking options.
Having sold Demba Ba to Chelsea the North East club are short of central attacking options.
They have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, with ex-Arsenal man Jeremie Aliadiere thought to be a target.