Alan Pardew: 'Loic Remy's Newcastle United snub strange'

Loic Remy
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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says that it is "strange" that Loic Remy picked QPR over the Magpies at the last minute.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he did not expect France striker Loic Remy to snub the Magpies at the last minute.

The North-East side were close to snapping up the Marseille forward, but rather than arrive at St James' Park, Remy signed for Queens Park Rangers instead.

"It was a little strange as we had obviously put a lot of work in," BBC Sport quotes Pardew as saying.

"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."

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has suggested that Remy switched his preference to QPR for financial reasons.

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