Fast forward a year and a half, now we have wheeler dealer Harry Redknapp poised to buy the pair for a combined fee of £15m.
By joining QPR the two French internationalists will be set for a relegation fight as London outfit are currently bottom of the EPL and are five points away from safety.
So why would two talented players under 27 years old choose to join Redknapp and his struggling side?
Loic Remy looks to have snubbed a move to Newcastle Utd in favour of ‘The Hoops’. Now Newcastle aren’t in form this term and are only two points off the relegation zone themselves.
London could also be a huge factor here. Foreign players love the UK’s capital. It has the restaurants, the clubs, the shops and the glamour. Now I am not doing places like Newcastle down, I love Newcastle and as a club they already have a good French contingent at St James’ Park. But London especially after 2012 is a place that attracts with its bright lights.
Now a reason in favouring QPR to a team further up the table is that they are desperate for talented players such as Remy and M’Vila. Thus meaning they will pay extra for their services and no doubt these players agents will have inserted relegation clauses for the fees that the joined QPR for.
So what both Remy and M’Vila will want to do is to prove themselves over the next five months in the English Premier League and hope to help QPR survive in the top flight. But should they fail in keeping ‘The Hoops’ in the league but impress with their own performances, then they would attract interest from sides that finished in the top half.
Look at M’Vila.
Its clear that he has out grown Rennes and its probably best for both parties that he leaves Les Rouges et Noirs. His antics off the field have stalled his potential to improve on it. He is currently banned until June 2014 from representing France at international level after he had a late night drinking session before an important France under 21 tie.
Arsenal have admired M’Vila for a few years now but this past year has raised more concerns about the midfielder. That plus an inflated transfer fee was enough to put Arsene Wenger off making a move for the 22 year old. Now say Yann has a good end of season with QPR and has a release clause of £7m if they get relegated that might just see him finally get a move to the Emirates.
When looking at these January deals involving sides fighting relegation its hard to forget the deal Demba Ba negotiated with West Ham when he joined them in January 2011. His agents put in a relegation clause and after he impressed scoring 7 EPL goals in 12 games, he got a move to Newcastle and the rest is history.
These deals suit agents and the players as they hold all the cards against sides who will do almost anything to avoid being sucked into the Championship and losing out on the huge Premier League SKY TV money.
Then there is the wage packets that these two will command at Loftus Road. Both will receive between £70k and £100k a week. That will be a huge increase in what they currently get in Ligue 1.
The form of QPR could also have been a deciding factor for these two players. They have just beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and drawn with Spurs. They are also looking to do anything to stay in the top league, while at Newcastle it seems they are having trouble keeping stars with captain Fabricio Coloccini looking for a move back to Argentina and Ba already departing for London based Chelsea.
French Football Weekly founder Andrew Gibney had this to say on the moves…
“Both players are ready to move to England, and there is no doubt they are good enough for the Premier League. It has been a tough 6 months for both players but now at a new club, new country and a fresh start both could excel at QPR and regardless if the club stays up or not, if they can turn some heads they could attract a few more clubs to show an interest in the sumner.”
So all in all a move to bottom side QPR may actually show that players of the quality of Remy and M’Vila have more ambition than we think and could be astute long term deals.
Should they do well then it seems as if they can’t lose in these transfers as either way they will probably be playing top flight football next term. Whether thats with QPR though remains to be seen.
Posted on January 16th, 2013 by scott
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