Joe Cole attempted to soften the blow of his equalising goal and move to West Ham by handing QPR manager Harry Redknapp a bottle of champagne following the sides' 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Upton Park.
Cole was tracked by Redknapp - who signed him for West Ham as a schoolboy - but he opted for a second spell at the Hammers, and said: "It was difficult to turn Harry down - he's a top man and a great manager. I had another one (bottle) as well but I sent it to Harry for on the coach."
He added: "I asked somebody to send it over on to the coach for him. I'll always be indebted to him for everything he's done and it's just a little gesture so he can have a drink on the way back to Loftus Road."
Redknapp, whose side are unbeaten in 2013, a run of five games, said: "I love Joe. I signed him when he was a little boy.
"I just wished him all the best. Of course I did. I hope he does great."
Remy's arrival has seen Djibril Cisse join Qatari club Al Gharafa on loan for the rest of the season.
The QPR boss added: "It will give us a bit of attacking threat. Taarabt could play in a diamond, in behind.
"I'll find a way of trying to get the best out of them."