Queen's Park Rangers are expected to make Loic Remy their first signing of the January transfer window after they hijacked Newcastle United's deal by matching the offer of £8m for the Marseille striker.
Manager Harry Redknapp has been given permission to discuss personal terms with Remy (26), with QPR now believed to be his preferred destination despite initially refusing to speak to them. Newcastle had agreed to meet Marseille's valuation of the France international and he held talks with manager Alan Pardew last week.
However, on-loan midfielder Joey Barton tweeted yesterday that QPR had stolen ahead in the race for Remy's signature, and also hope to complete the signing of his French international team-mate Yann M'Vila from Rennes.
"Gift of the gab from Harry Redknapp perhaps? Thought it was done and dusted to Newcastle. Something must of gone amiss. Great news for #QPR," wrote Barton, who is spending the season in the south of France.
Liverpool have taken Norway defender Vegard Forren on trial with a view to a £4m transfer from Molde. (© Independent News Service)