Barton claims Remy move to Newcastle is off… and Marseille star will join QPR!

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has claimed team-mate Loic Remy will not join Newcastle after making a last-minute decision to sign for QPR.

The Frenchman has been strongly linked with a £10 million move to St James’ Park this week, with Barton previously tweeting “Good luck to Loic in Newcastle”.

However, again writing on his personal Twitter account, the QPR loanee hinted that the 26-year-old has had a change of heart.

He said: “Watching Patriots. Just heard from a magician that Loic Remy has signed for QPR. Not sure what happened at Newcastle probably Llambas again!

“Gift of the gab from Harry Redknapp perhaps? Thought it was done and dusted to Newcastle. Something must of gone amiss. Great news 4 #QPR.

“Am not sure whether am being wound up or i’m winding you up! Better than Sky sports news coverage anyway…”

Remy scored 20 goals in 42 appearances for the French side last season but has largely struggled this campaign, netting just twice in 12 outings.

BREAKING NEWS: Barton claims Remy move to Newcastle is off… and Marseille star will join QPR!

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has claimed team-mate Loic Remy will not join Newcastle after making a last-minute decision to sign for QPR.

The Frenchman has been strongly linked with a £10 million move to St James’ Park this week, with Barton previously claiming a deal had been sealed to take Remy to Tyneside.


However, writing on his personal Twitter account, the QPR loanee hinted that the 26-year-old has had a change of heart.

He said: “Watching Patriots. Just heard from a magician that Loic Remy has signed for QPR. Not sure what happened at Newcastle probably Llambas again!

“Gift of the gab from Harry Redknapp perhaps? Thought it was done and dusted to Newcastle. Something must of gone amiss. Great news 4 #QPR.

“Am not sure whether am being wound up or i’m winding you up! Better than Sky sports news coverage anyway…”

Remy scored 20 goals in 42 appearances for the French side last season but has largely struggled this campaign, netting just twice in 12 outings.

Sunderland sign Mangane on loan until the end of the season

Sunderland have completed the signing of Senegalese centre-back Kader Mangane on loan from Al Hilal until the end of the season.


The defender arrived in the North East yesterday, and after productive talks has been confirmed as the Black Cats’ second acquisition of the January transfer window, after Alfred N’Diaye joined from Bursaspor last week.

Mangane is currently part-way through a three year contract with Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, and the deal means that the Senegalese international will stay at the Stadium of Light on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

“Kader is a player who will add to the overall strength of our squad and give us options,” Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill told reporters.

“He will improve competition for places and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”

Mangane, linked with both Arsenal and West Ham last summer, made over 100 appearances for Rennes between 2008 and 2012, and has made six appearances for the Senegalese international side, scoring once.

Bolton winger Petrov set to join Espanyol

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has confirmed that Martin Petrov is set to leave the club after holding talks with Espanyol, but stated that he is looking to add younger players to his squad.


The Bulgarian winger is reportedly one of the club’s highest earners, and has had only a bit-part role to play this season, participating in 14 of a possible 26 matches with eight of those appearances coming off the bench.

“We’ve got to face the facts. Martin is in the latter years of his career and earns a lot of money at this club,” Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester.

“I feel the best thing for the club is to bring in some new, young blood.

“That’s where we are and I hope everybody understands this decision.”

Petrov joined the Trotters from Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer of 2010, going on to make 85 appearances and scoring 12 goals in the process.

Arsenal & Manchester United to hold Zaha talks with Crystal Palace this week

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By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Arsenal and Manchester United will hold talks with Crystal Palace his week as they battle it out for the €14.4 million signing of Wilfried Zaha, Goal.com can reveal.

United were the strong favourites to capture the highly coveted forward in January but Arsenal have dramatically re-entered the race.

The two Premier League big hitters are both due to meet Palace co-chairman Steve Parish later this week in what will be a straight fight for the 20-year-old’s signature.

Sources have told Goal.com that Zaha’s destination is “50-50” between United and Arsenal, with the final decision to rest with the player himself. He was a boyhood Gunners fan but that will not necessarily prove decisive.

Zaha appeared to end speculation about his future at the weekend, with a thinly-veiled hint on Twitter that he will be joining United. However, the Tweet – “Looks like i’m on my way to the top of the premier league” – is believed to have appeared on a fake account.

Parish and Palace manager Ian Holloway have both consistently said that Zaha will not be sold before the end of the season but it is understood that the newly-capped England international is set to leave Selhurst Park by the end of the window.

The fee required to secure the 20-year-old, who is contracted to Palace until 2017, is likely to be around the €14.4m mark.

Palace would prefer for Zaha to spearhead Palace’s promotion challenge and remain at the club until next summer but Arsene Wenger wants to integrate the youngster into the Arsenal set-up immediately.

Wenger would be opposed to a deal that would allow Zaha to join in the forthcoming window and then be loaned back to the Championship club for the rest of the season. United are believed to be open to the possibility of loan-back deal.

The attacker, who can play anywhere across the front three, has been a driving force in Palace’s surge to fourth in the Championship, scoring five goals in 26 league appearances this season. He made his England debut as a substitute in the 4-2 November friendly defeat to Sweden.

Wenger confirmed Arsenal’s interest in Zaha in loose terms at a media briefing in November, saying: “We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.”

This relatively innocuous comment was greeted with a furious reaction from Holloway, who accused Wenger of “bad etiquette” and declared he would be “picking the phone up to talk to him”.