Last Updated: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:26
Queens Park Rangers have hijacked Newcastle's move for Loic Remy and are close to completing the £8m signing of the Marseille striker.
The 26-year-old had been due to arrive on Tyneside for talks on Sunday night but did not turn up.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp persuaded owner Tony Fernandes to match Marseille's asking price and the club have now offered Remy a more lucrative deal than Newcastle - understood to be more than £70,000 per week.
Remy had previously indicated he would not fancy a switch to Loftus Road, but money talks and a delighted Joey Barton revealed the dramatic turnaround on Twitter last night, apparently mocking a Newcastle official and praising Rangers for their ambition.
Redknapp believes Remy's goals may be enough to lift the club away from relegation having scouted the player a number of times this season.
Remy has made 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille this season, starting two games, and was left out of Marseille's squad for their trip to Sochaux on Sunday.
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