Twenty-four hours is a long time in football.
Just a day after expressing confidence that French striker Loic Remy would still be at the club next season and that Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer would be making the move to London, Harry Redknapp is facing the prospect of Queens Park Rangers losing the former and missing out on the latter.
The London Evening Standard today reported that Southampton have entered the fray for Fer. Norwich are more likely to want to deal with Southampton given the money they’ve brought in so far this summer, while Fer may be attracted by the proposition of playing under fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman, the new Saints boss.
While Southampton aren’t likely to suffer in terms of paying over the odds, if Koeman truly wants the player the club can afford to pay significantly more than the £4.8million that is reportedly on the table from QPR. As noted by Soccerly Wednesday, the Canaries are one of the best run clubs in the English game from a financial perspective, and are likely to hold out for the best deal having proven they can sell for premium fees already this summer.
As for Remy, while Redknapp said he couldn’t possibly have failed a medical at Liverpool, he might be wishing he hadn’t said anything at all. Newcastle United, where Remy spent last season on loan, are still interested in the player, with manager Alan Pardew telling the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today that he isn’t concerned by the failed medical reports, either.
Pardew said, "I am surprised about what's happening with Loic because I thought he was signing for Liverpool and that door was slammed shut.
"I didn't expect that, and we certainly had no problem with Loic during his time with us. So we shall monitor it as we go along."
Newcastle have the money to pay for Remy, too, and are likely to redirect the funds previously earmarked for a move for Lyon’s Alexander Lacazette, who is reportedly set to sign a new contact at his current club.
As for QPR, they could be about to find themselves facing the new season still needing to fill gaps in the squad, and leading to the inevitable “Harry Redknapp wheeling and dealing” watch come the final day of the transfer window.