We were really surprised when the news broke a few days ago, that Marseilles and French International striker Loic Remy was on the radar screen of Newcastle United, and that the club had even made a bid of €12M for the 25 year-old, a striker Newcastle have tracked for over four years now.
Loic Remy – very good player but hard to get to Tyneside
But it seems the situation at Marseilles is helping Newcastle in their quest to get the lad to Tyneside, and there’s little doubt he is a very good player, with 37 goals in 83 appearances, since joining Marseilles form Nice a couple of years ago.
Marseilles are in financial difficulty and will need to sell some of their players to get the financial books balanced, and the 17 times capped French International has even come out and talked about his possible transfer:
Remy had this to say to Sky Sports:
“I am contracted to Marseille but if the club wants to sell me, there is not much I can do about it.” “The transfer window closes on August 31, so there is plenty of time for something to happen.”
Tottenham are also interested in the player, and even made a bid for him last January, and the news is that Arsenal, who seem almost certain to lose their top Dutch striker Robin van Persie this summer, are also credited with an interest.
But it’s the news on the fee that worries us, because if Marseilles really want around £15M for him as widely reported, we’re not sure that’s a good deal. That’s especially true when he has just one year left on his contract, so maybe a much better deal is possible.
The poll we put out yesterday shows that a majority Newcastle fans do still want him - even at £15M – with 51% wanting him and 39% opposed.
If Newcastle an get this lad in for around £10M or less, that would be a very good deal, but we will find it hard to do that – if Spurs’ interest is as real as it seems.