Redknapp suffers blow in striker search as Remy rejects Spurs switch
Loic Remy has delivered a firm ‘Non’ to the prospect of joining Tottenham this month.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp travelled to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday night to watch France striker Remy and Lille’s highly coveted Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard.
Remy stole the show as he struck both goals in Marseille’s 2-0 win against the French champions.
On fire: Loic Remy has attracted the attention of Tottenham
However, both the 25-year-old and his manager Didier Deschamps insisted there would be no deal – at least not in this transfer window.
‘I’m staying,’ said Remy. ‘I will 100 per cent stay at Marseille until the end of the season and even the end of my contract.
‘I have spoken with the president and the staff. And it would not be right for me to leave this club.
‘We’ll see next summer but that’s not even in my head for now.
‘(Marseille substitute) Jean-Philippe Sabo told me (Redknapp was in the stands), but frankly it was not a burden for me because I only found out after the game.
‘Anyway, even if it’s good that some clubs have an interest in me, I agree with my bosses not to pay the slightest attention to it until June. We will ask questions after the end of the championship.
At the double: Remy (right) scored twice as Marseille beat Lille
‘It is also a mark of respect to the fans not to talk about leaving during the transfer window. They count on me. I still have to progress a lot here.’
The brace takes his tally to 15 goals in 29 games this season. And he has also been in fine form for France, hitting three goals in six internationals since last summer.
Despite widespread interest from England, Remy joined Marseille from Nice for 12.3million in 2010.
His agent, Frederic Guerra, last week said a move to Tottenham would be hard to resist, but predicted that ‘the whole of Europe’ will want to sign him after Euro 2012.
Deschamps does not want to disrupt a side that started appallingly but has gone nine games unbeaten.
Target: Harry Redknapp was also watching the coveted Eden Hazard (right)
‘I knew Redknapp was here,’ said the former Chelsea midfielder. ‘He came to see some players, but he came for nothing. There was no point. “Wait and see” is what I’d tell him if I saw him.
‘They have important economic power, but I have important matches to play. This is not the moment to lose our best players.’
Spurs have long been linked with a move for Remy and Redknapp confirmed on Sunday morning: ‘I have heard good reports about him so I thought I would go and see him.
‘I made enquiries about him around 18 months or two years ago, so I thought I would have a look at him.
‘I don’t know whether we can sign him, but I need to keep trying.’