LOIC Remy says he’s “honoured” to have signed for Newcastle United.
The striker yesterday completed his a season-long loan move from Queens Park Rangers.
Remy – who came close to joining United in January – is the club’s much-anticipated first summer signing.
United are understood to have agreed to pay £2m for the deal.
“I’m very happy to be a Newcastle player,” said the 26-year-old. “It will be a huge honour to play for such a big club.
“I was very flattered by the club’s interest in me back in January, and also very happy that they showed interest in me again this summer.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world, and that’s where I want to play.
“I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country.
“I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United.
“I am focused on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can.”
Newcastle’s controversial director of football Joe Kinnear has been involved in the negotiations.
KInnear said: “I’m delighted to have secured Loic for the season. Now we have him I’m sure he’ll be a huge success for us.”
The completion of the deal has come as a relief to manager Alan Pardew, who was left short of options up front in January after Demba Ba left for Chelsea.
Pardew said: “Loic is a great player, and I’m delighted that Joe has got him on board for us.
“He’ll be a great addition to the squad, he gives us strength and pace up front and I’m sure he’ll bring plenty of goals.
Meanwhile, Pardew has taken a 20-man squad to Scotland for tonight’s friendly against Rangers.
“I’m taking a squad of 20 players there,” he said. “It’ll be a strong team.
“There’s a great history between the two clubs, and I’m sure our fans will enjoy going to Ibrox.
“It’ll be a good game, and we hope to get a positive result.”
Pardew has a good relationship with Rangers manager Ally McCoist, who took the club to the Scottish Football Third Division title last term after the club’s demotion to the leauge.
“I know Ally,” said Pardew. “He was a fantastic player for Rangers, and he’s cutting his teeth as a manager.
“He’s kept his dignity there through everything that’s gone on. They did what they had to do last season, which was winning the league.”