Loic Remy has denied snubbing Newcastle in favour of joining QPR because of the financial package offered by the Loftus Road club.
The France striker looked set to join the Magpies after manager Alan Pardew made what he described as a "fantastic offer", only to instead move to Rangers who are reported to have offered him ?80,000 per week.
Newcastle great Alan Shearer expressed his surprise at Remy's decision and suggested that money was the motivating factor, but the ?8million capture from Marseille revealed the influence of QPR manager Harry Redknapp was key.
"The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well," Remy said.
"I've seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons.
"I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.
"QPR were very op...