Loic Remy transfer: Newcastle made fair bid, says Alan Pardew

We wouldn't pay Remy ransom: Pardew fears QPR now have edge over Newcastle

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 17 January 2013

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
has admitted Queens Park Rangers have a stronger squad for the
relegation run-in after Marseille striker Loic Remy rejected a move to
Tyneside to join the Barclays Premier League’s bottom club.

But Pardew, who is still looking for a
replacement for Chelsea’s early transfer window signing Demba Ba, says
he was still surprised the France star chose to move to Loftus Road
rather than St James’ Park.

Getting shirty: Remy chose to join QPR over Newcastle

Getting shirty: Remy chose to join QPR over Newcastle

Newcastle face fellow strugglers
Reading at home tomorrow and Pardew is desperate for a win to appease
fans unhappy with the club’s progress in the transfer market, and the
threat of captain Fabricio Coloccini quitting to return to South
America.

This week Remy rejected a move to Newcastle after accepting Rangers’ offer to double his wages to 80,000 a week.

It was a huge public blow for Pardew
and the club, who are still reeling from Ba’s departure to Stamford
Bridge within days of the transfer window opening.

Pardew said: ‘It was a little
strange. We put a lot of work into it, we made his club an offer that
was accepted and made a fantastic offer to the player.

We did all we could: Pardew was left frustrated on missing out on Remy

We did all we could: Pardew was left frustrated on missing out on Remy

'I honestly think if you’re a French
player with the French players that we’ve got in the squad, this would
be my first port of call. That is why the Remy decision surprised me
because of course we get the communication through to those players.

Colo go Pardew hopes the Argentina defender stays at St James' Park

Colo go Pardew hopes the Argentina defender stays at St James' Park

'But we’re not going to pay silly
money to anybody.

'We’ve lost Demba Ba and we need to find a replacement,
there is no doubt about that. We definitely need a player or two in
this window to make sure of our Premier League status.

There are better
teams than the one I manage who have gone down. I could argue QPR’s
squad, on paper, is stronger than ours in terms of depth. I’m not sure
about starting XI, but we’ve not had our first XI out all year.

'I think we shouldn’t be lost to the
fact that we could be relegated. I’m not going to lose that. That’s an
important message for our fans too. We need them to not give up on us.'

On the Coloccini issue, Pardew added: 'We’re going to sit down next week
and hopefully iron out the issues and come to a conclusion where Colo
stays. That’s what I hope for.'