We reported couple of days ago that Newcastle had put in a bid for 25 year-old Marseilles striker Loic Remy, and we reported yesterday that Newcastle’s interest in the French striker went back almost four years.
Loic Remy – a good striker but worth £15M?
If the news wasn’t true we would have expected Alan Pardew to say something about this, but nothing on it from the Newcastle manager, and that even suggests the news may even be true.
The thing that seems out of whack a little bit was the reported fee of 12M, which seems high for a first offer from Newcastle, but that’s what the reports suggested, but today the Evening Chronicle is suggesting Marseilles will need to listen to offers for their 6’striker, because they are in financial difficulties.
The manager at Marseilles – Elie Baup – has been told he must unload a few players, so that the French club can get their financial house in order – where have you heard that before?
Demba Ba has only 7 days left before his 7M release clause in his contract runs out but Ba has made it clear he wants to stay on Tyneside, as long as he gets playing time up front and in the center.
If Newcastle can keep Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba for next season we will be a club that will have to be reckoned with, after the two of them scored 29 goals last season – and Papiss was only at Newcastle for half a season – if that.
We cannot believe that Remy could cost up to £15M, and although he’s shown at both Nice and Marseilles, that he can score goals and he’s a good striker, we don’t think he would necessarily be a good deal for Newcastle, and surely there are other strikers available to Newcastle – and younger ones at that?
Malaga are also said to be keen on Remy, and after they were bought by Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani in June of last year, Malaga can outspend many of their rivals in Spain and in Europe now, and could be a power in La Liga in the coming season.
Certainly the wages that Malaga could offer Remy would be a lot more than the Magpies would be willing to offer, so it depends on what the 25 year-old is looking for.
But with Tottenham also in the race for the player, we just cannot see Newcastle being able to get anywhere near a good deal for Remy.
The news is that he wants to play in the Premier League, but if all this news is true above, we just cannot see him ending up on Tyneside.
What do you think?