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Newcastle United announce Loic Remy 'over the line'

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Newcastle United have announced the loan move for French striker Loic Remy, marking the Toon's first official signing.

Julian Finney

Newcastle United have announced the signing of French striker Loic Remy on a year-long loan move from Queens Park Rangers. The Toon have been trying to sign Remy since the January transfer window, when he abruptly chose QPR at the last moment, but now have secured their target.

"It will be a huge honour to play for such a big club. I was very flattered by the Club's interest in me back in January and also very happy that they showed interest in me again this summer," Remy told Anthony Marshall. "The Premier League is the best league in the world and that's where I want to play. I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country. I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United."

"I am focussed on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can," Remy added.

There are reports out that the loan move also includes a first-option to buy Remy at the conclusion, with talk that it will cost around £6 million to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Remy played just 14 games for QPR in 2013, but picked up six goals in Premier League play.

The Toon are also said to be close to finalizing a deal for Bafetimbi Gomis, another French striker, but the Remy deal marks the official first player in for the Magpies in the summer transfer window.

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