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Redknapp: Remy deal was sewn up by Fernandes

QPR manager Harry Redknapp praised chairman Tony Fernandes for persuading Marseille striker Loic Remy to complete an £8million move to Loftus Road.

Redknapp is also confident of sealing a £7m deal for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila in the next couple of days and the pair are expected to go straight into the Rangers squad for the weekend Premier League clash with West Ham.

Redknapp expected the Remy deal to be formally announced today after the player passed a medical and agreed personal terms. But Redknapp, who tried to sign Remy when in charge of Tottenham, admitted he had virtually given up trying to sign the player.

Redknapp said: "Remy had a medical which went fine and the personal stuff is all sorted. I'd given up to be honest. The chairman Tony Fernandes did it to be honest, not me.

"I went over to Marseille last week and he (Remy) wasn't keen, I don't think. The chairman worked ever so hard. He wouldn't give up on it and Remy decided he wanted to come.

"I watched him so many times when I was at Tottenham. The fee then was around about £20m. He's a good buy for us. He's quick, a French international, his movement is excellent and he has the potential to be a real star in the Premier League.

On M'Vila, Redknapp added: "I also liked M'Vila when I was at Tottenham.

"He's 22, played against England a couple of years ago for France, and was fantastic. Arsenal and Spurs made offers for him. They (Rennes) turned down £28m from an English club for him a year ago.

"M'Vila's had a few problems off the field. If he behaves himself, and plays as we know he can, he'll do well."

Redknapp also confirmed he will allow striker Djibril Cisse to leave during the January transfer window.

Cisse was replaced at half-time in last night's FA Cup third-round replay at West Brom which QPR won 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Jay Bothroyd.

It secured Rangers a home tie with MK Dons in the fourth round.

Bothroyd returned earlier in the month from an unsuccessful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.