At the halfway point of the 2012/13 Premier League season, Queens Park Rangers were desperate for new signings that would help galvanise their climb out of the relegation zone.
The R’s, managed by Harry Redknapp, had managed to win just two league games all season long, however optimism was somewhat high after picking up a magnificent 1-0 away win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Reinforcements were needed for the West London club, who sat rock bottom of the Premier League table, and in this FLW Rewind, we take a look at when Queens Park Rangers completed the signing of Marseille striker Loic Remy.
— QPR FC (@QPR) January 16, 2013
It was a huge statement of intent from QPR – Remy was a renowned goalscorer over in France for Marseille, as the R’s broke their club record transfer fee to sign the French international for a reported fee of £8million.
Naturally, R’s fans were delighted at this signing, and were praying that he could be the man that saves them from the drop – even fans from their relegation-threatened rivals Aston Villa knew it was a massive move by the club.
@OfficialQPR making the right signings to stay up…worried villa fan
— Andrew thomson (@atommo88) January 16, 2013
@OfficialQPR wow what a signing give us back redknapp haha
— mark viney (@MeMarkyV) January 16, 2013
@OfficialQPR well done , its good to see a club with ambition to stay up .
— Villa Dog ! (@pedropan1710) January 16, 2013
Remy didn’t fail to disappoint – the striker scored six goals in 15 league starts for the R’s but just couldn’t help them survive the drop, with the club eventually finishing 14 points adrift of safety.
After then enduring a loan spell at Newcastle United the season after, where he scored 14 goals in 24 league starts for the Magpies, Remy then went on to seal an £8.5million move to Chelsea, where his career then stagnated.
The French forward, who now plys his trade back in France for Lille, will be a signing that QPR fans will surely never forget…