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Loïc Rémy fails medical, move to Liverpool is off

Jul 27, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

Newcastle United's Remy celebrates his goal against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London Reuters

Loïc Rémy’s move to Liverpool was all but done: all the forward needed to do was complete his medical, and he’d be joining up with his new side. A press conference had even been planned to announce the new signing.

Rémy did complete his medical. However, he won’t be joining Liverpool. After spending days in Boston with the club’s medical staff — the Reds are currently on tour in the U.S. — “potential problems” have emerged, problems significant enough to prevent him from joining the team.

Now, Rémy will head back to Queens Park Rangers. And now, Harry Redknapp must figure out what to do next. Liverpool were set to buy the Frenchman on the cheap, thanks to a loophole found in Rémy’s contract, but it was still £8m (~$13.5m) that QPR were counting on. Thus far they’ve only supplemented their squad with the addition of two defenders — Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker — and were likely counting on more funds to bring in some fresh legs.

As for Liverpool, it’s back to the drawing board as their quest to replace Luis Suárez continues. Brendan Rodgers knows it will take more than one player to compensate for the loss of the Uruguayan, and finding Rémy on the cheap would’ve certainly been a help. The Reds also must deal with the loss of Adam Lallana, who will miss all of preseason and the start of the Premier League with a knee injury.

  1. dohpey28 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Not disappointed at all, never liked the move. Word is Origi will be unveiled tomorrow, much higher on him.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      I agree that this move didn’t really stoke any excitement for me. However Original will not be with the team this ywar. He is most definitely returning to Lille on loan for the upcoming season.

      Obviously another striker will be brought in to replace the spot Remy was going to occupy. I just hope to hell that the player is not Huntelaar.

  2. acorp11 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Hurt his back picking up his thick wallet, greedy greedy man

  3. redsfan15 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    So.. Both u guys think liverpool could do without Remy? At the striker position were toast, we have 1 effective player, there’s a huge hole in the goals scoring category, Ricky lambert will not contribute enough, and raiding south Hampton for the players will not help the least bit when playing in the champions league, so… Not getting Remy is a huge lost because we are not deep up front, and all out summer signings have been very mediocre if that…..

    • Ian's Rushtache - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      There is that wonderful Murican reading comprehension.

      Clearly I illustrated my thoughts on us needing another striker. I just stated that Remy did not stoke my fires and I would prefer that Huntelaar be next up. Whoever the boss brings in I will support.

      You claim to be a Reds fan, yet you question the quality of the players brought in. I bet you were also whinging when we didn’t sign anyone in the January window. A true fan would recognize the qualities in these players and what they bring. No one is claiming they are world beaters. The gaffer is not interested in names, he is interested in quality that meets his criteria. I’d say based on the evidence thus far, you have no right to question what BR is doing.

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