QPR manager Harry Redknapp hopeful of keeping striker Loic Remy

Will QPR keep hold of their star striker? Photo: PA

Harry Redknapp insists that keeping Loic Remy, who has been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, would feel like a new signing.

Signed from Marseille in January 2013, Remy proved an instant hit with the club's fans but could not prevent the Hoops from slipping to relegation.

Having spent last season on loan at Newcastle while QPR battled back into the top flight through the play-offs, Remy's long-term future appeared to be away from Loftus Road, but a summer move to Liverpool collapsed.

Now the France forward is preparing to start the new campaign at Rangers, with Redknapp impressed by his application since rejoining his team-mates.

"I'm hoping Loic Remy stays," the 67-year-old said in his 666Bet blog.

"It will be like a new signing if he does. His attitude has been fantastic since he has come back, so we will have no problem welcoming him back into the side.

"If he is going to go, we need to know as soon as we can so we can get a replacement in."

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Remy spent last season on loan with Newcastle. Credit: PA

So far Redknapp has looked to add experience and competition to his defensive ranks with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker and Mauricio Isla all coming in, the latter on loan from Juventus, with midfielder Jordon Mutch also signed from Cardiff.

Although the former West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth boss is keen to add numbers to his squad before the transfer window closes, Redknapp knows there are limitations on what the club can spend.

"We're still short, certainly need another three or four players," he said.

"The chairman (Tony Fernandes) is working hard at getting the right players in, but these things take time. We can only spend what we can spend, so it's certainly not easy."

Redknapp confirmed Adel Taarabt is likely to depart in the coming weeks, with Holland international midfied duo Leroy Fer and Jonathan De Guzman linked with moves to the west London club.

After replacing Mark Hughes at QPR in November 2012, Redknapp was unable to keep the R's in the Premier League but, with a much-changed squad, that is his main goal this time around.

"If we can stay-up I'd be delighted," he added.

"If you offered me fourth from bottom now, I'd bite your hand off. I could talk cobblers and say we want to finish in the top half.

"But just to stay in the Premier League would be great for us - consolidate and keep building. We have been a yo-yo club for too long, we just need to become an established Premier League club." .