This is some news we missed out on earlier today, that Newcastle have bid for French international striker Loic Remy, but had their bid immediately rejected – and Newcastle have been interested in this lad since early 2008, according to our records.
Loic Remy – Newcastle bid €12M for French striker
There are reports in Le 10 Sport that Newcastle offered around €12M ( (about £9.5M) for the 25-year-old, but that apparently didn’t come close to the valuation of the player by his club Marseilles.
This move by Newcastle is a little bit of a surprise to us, and we wouldn’t expect the Tyneside club to go in with such an initial large bid, and certainly don’t expect an improved bid being made by Newcastle for the 6′ striker, who has played 16 times for France with 4 goals.
He joined Marseilles from Nice back in 2010, and has so far played 83 times for the French club with 37 goals, so that’s a decent goal-scoring record.
Tottenham and Lille have also been interested in the French striker, who was born in Rillieux-la-Pape, and has previously played for Lyon, Lens on loan, and Nice.
But this seems to show that Newcastle are by no means certain of the Andy Carroll deal going through, and if it doesn’t, then Newcastle still need to bring in a fourth striker for next season.
It may not have been a bad deal to have brought in former top target Modibo Maiga a couple of weeks back, who has now gone to West Ham for just £5M.
But of course when you fail a player in his medical, it’s kind of hard to go back and bring him in a second time, and we have no idea how serious Modibo’s medical condition was, that forced the Magpies to call time on him last December – but it seemed a little bit strange.
But we are very happy with the striker Newcastle eventually brought in – Papiss Cisse – and we have to think Newcastle knew at the time, that he was going to become available from German club SC Freiburg.
Remy must have been tracked by Chief Scout Graham Carr over the last year or so, and it’s a little bit of a surprise that Newcastle made such a big offer for the French International, who didn’t even seem to be on the radar screen.
However, when we look back in our records, Newcastle were said to be interested in Remy way back in May of 2008 when he was only 21, and still at Lyon – we should have signed him then.
And that article also makes interesting reading about where we were at Newcastle four years ago, and who would have thought we’d be relegated in a very short 12 months – my arm has just started to ache again.
What do you think?