QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Chelsea are getting a bargain by signing Loic Remy.
The France striker is expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge and was left out of the matchday squad for Rangers’ 1-0 win at home to Sunderland.
He had been due to play but Chelsea indicated that they were willing to play the £8m Remy can join a top-four club for under the terms of the deal he agreed when he was signed from Marseille last year.
The transfer could end up being worth as much as £10.5m, but Redknapp still feels that is well short of what Remy is worth.
Redknapp said: “A spanner in the works was thrown in at 12 o’clock today when I got a phone call saying he was leaving. The thought he would leave never even entered my mind.
“He’s gone to Chelsea. It’s the Champions League and a fantastic opportunity for the boy.
“It’s got to be the cheapest buy-out clause. You look at what strikers are going for – Championship strikers – and everyone is going for £8m, £9m, £10m £11m.”
On a brighter note for Redknapp, his team secured their first win back in the top flight thanks to last season’s talisman Charlie Austin’s first Premier League goal.
It was a much-needed boost for Rangers following three consecutive defeats – a dismal start to the campaign Redknapp has put down to a poor pre-season.
“It was important for us. We worked very hard today so it was well deserved,” he said. “You’ve got to work hard to get results.
“A big problem we had in the first couple of games was that we had to throw a team together with people not fit.
“We had 13 players and after three weeks [of pre-season] we still had 13. I had to bring people in who had not played 90 minutes’ football and they were well off the pace. Now we’ve had a bit of time.”