Toon set to bring France international to St James’ Park.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has agreed a £10m deal for Loic Remy – paving the way for Demba Ba to leave next month.
Marseille striker Remy, 25, is poised to move in January in a deal which could involve Sylvain Marveaux going the other way.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Newcastle fans are likely to greet the news of Loic Remy’s arrival with mixed feelings. While the Frenchman is a talented striker, who has been targeted by the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in the past, his move to St James’ indicates that the club are resigned to losing Ba in January.
Ba has been in terrific form this season but Remy is a capable replacement, who can lead the line and play on wing – versatility that will please Pardew, particularly given Ba and Papiss Cisse’s mutual dislike of playing out-wide.
Twenty-five-year-old Remy has finished as the top scorer at the Stade Velodrome in the previous two seasons and scored more headed goals than anyone else in Europe last term.
But the powerful forward has struggled to for first-team action under new boss Elie Baup and the fact that OM are challenging for the Ligue 1 title would suggest that Remy’s omission has not damaged Marseille.
After netting a combined 37 goals in 2010/11 and 2011/12, Remy has scored just twice this year, with Andre Pierre-Gignac more often getting the nod as Marseille’s leading forward.
If Pardew can indeed use Sylvain Marveaux as part of any deal, which would presumably reduce the amount needed to sign Remy, then Newcastle will be killing two birds with one stone.
The former Rennes man has failed to make an impact in the North-East and after 18 months, and only three Premier League starts, a move back to Ligue 1 suit all parties.
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