Newcastle United swoop for Remy – their first summer signing

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LOIC Remy has joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan.

The French striker today completed his move from Championship Queens Park Rangers.

Remy – who came close to joining United from Marseille in January but opted for QPR – is the Magpies’ first summer signing.

“I’m very happy to be a Newcastle player,” said the 26-year-old.

“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.

“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 focused on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can.”

Newcastle’s director of football, Joe Kinnear, added: “The need for us to strengthen up front was a priority, and I have been working very hard to secure one of our targets in this position.

“I’m delighted to have secured Loic for the season. Now we have him I’m sure he’ll be a huge success for us.

“I know he’s hungry for goals and is absolutely committed to helping us achieve success this season.”

Manager Alan Pardew said: “Loic is a great player, and I’m delighted that Joe has got him on board for us.

“He’ll be a great addition to the squad, he gives us strength and pace up front and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of goals.

“It’s a big season for Loic, like it is for all our international players ahead of the World Cup, which will only provide extra incentive for him to play at the very top of his game.”