Loïc Rémy completes £8m move to QPR from Marseille

Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of Marseille's Loïc Rémy, with the striker signing a four-and-half year contract understood to be worth £75,000 a week. With a reported transfer fee of £8m, QPR's outlay on the France international totals approximately £25.5m.

Rémy, 26, who has made 17 starts for France and scored four goals, had been linked with a move to Newcastle United, but chose to accept a significantly higher offer from the London club.

Harry Redknapp told the club's website: "I'm delighted to bring him in – he's a great buy for us. I didn't think we'd get him to be honest but Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn't give up on it, and it's great that we now have him here with us.

"He's always been a player I've admired. I've watched him on so many occasions throughout the last few years. I actually spent three or four hours with him last year so he knew what I thought of him, and I think that was important.

"He's quick, can score goals and makes great runs. His movement is excellent. He's got the potential to be a really outstanding striker."

Rémy, who will wear the No18 shirt, said: "Harry played a big part in me coming here. I spoke to him and Tony Fernandes at length and they made it clear they wanted me here. They gave me the right motivation to join QPR.

"I want to develop my game here. This season the objective is to stay up but beyond that we have greater objectives. After seven years in France, this is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge in the Premier League – the best league in the world.

"I am confident I can adapt to the Premier League. My main characteristics have taken me to the level I am at today but I am keen to keep improving in the Premier League."