Jan 18 2013 By Paul Warburton
QPR believe they have found the missing ingredient that will inch them towards survival after signing £8million Loic Remy.
The France international makes his debut at a chilly West Ham today after his switch from sunny Marseille –with boss Harry Redknapp (pic) awarded full marks after his dogged chase for the 26-year-old that started three years ago finally paid dividends.
In between, Harry has shown his passport at airports in Norway and the south of France in an attempt to get his man while beating off the challenge from Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
He got no luck until this week when chairman Tony Fernandes lost a couple of PlayStation FIFA games to Remy that convinced him Loftus Road was worth a few real games.
Now, Redknapp intends to deploy his latest recruit as the out-and-out striker missing since Andy Johnson succumbed to a season-long cruciate injury back in September.
Redknapp said: “Loic liked him (Fernandes) and felt they were nice people at QPR.
“I had a long day with him last year when I wanted him at Tottenham – so I had a bit of a head start because he had met me, and I don’t know whether he had met Alan Pardew (at Newcastle).
“Loic gives you a pace with his movement, his spinning as he gets in behind people. And he gives us something we haven’t had recently, and that’s where we’ve missed Andy Johnson this year.
“He also comes as someone who comes to the ball and then can (turn, and) go the other way.”