Newcastle Close To Bidding For French International Striker


There is news today that Newcastle are close to putting in an offer for 26 year-old French international striker Loic Remy (he turned 26 on Wednesday), and that goes with the news yesterday that Newcastle had entered into discussions for the former Lyon and Nice striker, who Newcastle have tracked since 2008.

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Loic Remy – Newcastle in negotiations for this player

The news is being reported by French radio station RMC, and they are saying that Newcastle will put in a bid for the Marseilles man soon.

While Marseilles manager Elie Baup and Sporting Director Jose Anigo are hoping to keep Remy in France through the end of the season, , President Vincent Labrune is thought to be in favor of selling the striker for around £10M.

Remy is also wanted by London clubs QPR and Tottenham, and while Spurs would be a threat if they were keen on the striker, we don’t think QPR, with the club being bottom of the league with 13 points, and playing at a stadium of 16,000 would hardly seem a draw compared to playing in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies at Newcastle.

Newcastle may not be able to compete with the top six clubs in England right now – but we can compete with all the rest – that’s for sure.

Demba Ba leaving like he did will be a big blow to Newcastle, because ti takes time for new players coming into a club, and get used to their style of playing, and even good players like Kevin Nolan have found that a move in January is difficult.

But on the other hand there’s the example of Papiss Cisse who was just magnificent last year when he arrived.

Newcastle will hope that Papiss can step up to the player and if we can get Debuchy, Remy and a top center-back though the door in January Newcastle will have done well.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping but the early acquisition of Loic Remy would lift the spirits of Newcastle supporters everywhere – and that’s what we need right now. 🙁

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36 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    From BBC:

    The Journal reports that Newcastle could miss out on a centre-back in the January transfer window after manager Alan Pardew admitted a replacement for striker Demba Ba has become the sole focus of his transfer policy.

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    debuchys lawyers still going through contract as our newcastles the way we draw up contracts a lot is performance related so alot has to be read thoroughly. Alan pardew wants it to be announced around the same time chelsea announce demba to soften the blow… Talks for remy are at an advanced stage also with fee looking to be between £9-10mill, although we have been looking at abuemang whoever it spelt for a while now and is also an option.. seem to remember a guy named nimo mentioning we was after some guy called aubergine from st.ettiene on here quite a few month back so we shall see. This is the talk around benton anyway.. REPOST

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  • bambams

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    We could put a bid in for Messi but we would not get him!

    Come on Ashley we need these players !

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    We a bidding on him now? Talk about being proactive. What are those dickheads doing in their thousand dollar suits. We need deals sealed and players ready for the next PL game. Lets get points while other teams are in panic mode

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning Jesper. I am well thankyou. How are you?

    On Lamine Koné I’ve seen him play several times. A tall, 6’3? centre half who has represented France at u17, u18, u19 and u20 levels. A rough diamond to say the least. He is a big old until for a young lad. 23-24 from memory, don’t think he ha been brought on properly by his club as is at the age now where he should be pushing the senior side. He is in and out of the L’Orient side. My view is he could be picked up very cheaply (£1-2mil) and developed. I like the lad, he works hard but isn’t being developed how he should. I’ve not heard a link to Newcastle with him but that’s not to say there isn’t one.

    Romain Allessandrini is a class act. Plays wide left (naturally left footed) or being a striker, or wide of a front 3 (!!) Goal scoring, creative and ‘most importantly’ a grounded and down to earth player. Not favoured by the French national team (but we all know players like Ribery etc are selected regardless of form) but had gotta be given his shot soon! Valued at £3.5mil is very much value for money!!

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry that should’ve read €3.5mil (EUROS) for Alessandrini.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Torq…I well thank you 🙂

    …with money being tight and all that I thought we might as well look at getting our money’s worth.

    Lamine Koné has scored 3 goals so far this season and he’s a CB – if he’s that cheap I’ll make the phone call to Lorient 😉 lol

    Romain Alessandrini…what can I say I would really like that player (especially for that price)

    People say bargains cannot be found 😀

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    I Say Bull SH!T

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    gaz 44 .. heres the article on that guy .. its obviously instead of remy .. if ashley was smart it would be as well as ..
    http://www.nufcfans.co.uk/2012/11/newcastle-united-demba-ba-saint-etienne-aston-villa-pierre-emerick-aubameyang/

    no talk of CB’s at benton?

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    TorqToon .. some good shouts for the summer I reckon .. right now though we need the finished article .. alderwield would be amazing ..

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  • toon1707

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #11

    All the talk yesterday and stories were that we were in talks with remy. Well how could we be in talks with the player if we have not even bid for him yet. This is going to be like the debouchy deal all over again I bet it drags on the whole 4 weeks

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    toon1707 .. I reckon this happens all the time .. they work out wages .. possible fee and then bid .. just standard stuff IMO

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Romain Alessandrini signed a 4 year deal with Rennes 6months ago. Would be costly to tempt him away

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  • WesJameson

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m totally shocked, i have no words anymore

    I know Ashley, is a business man, but FFS get your FAT HEAD OUT OF YOUR ARSE FOR ONCE

    The club is in free fall Mike FFS WAKE THE FEKKING HELL UP MAN

    As for Percy, well…everyday, i hate that man a little more, nothing but a lying backstabbing, Mike Ashley arse licker…..GROW A PAIR FFS

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  • Spoof

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

    I believe that we will get Remy and Douglas in this window, which will cost around about £12m, but I would expect that Pardew has been told that he must recoup this outlay in the summer, so we would have to sacrifice either Ben Arfa, Tiote or Cabaye just to finance our survival for this season

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    think we all need to stay level headed .. I think Pardew needs to play a full team against brighton and get them on winning ways .. then instill the confidence factor and we’ll be ok .. looking forward to competition at CB and debuchy and cabaye .. much better team already..

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  • Rock

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    if we dont get a striker we can put attacking players behind the lone quality striker. we may get a few goals less but alternatively it might work really well too.

    But…but..but…if we dont buy a CB this Jan, we will remain low in confidence in the back, we will continue to leak goals, and we will surely be doomed.
    no point bringing in remy to play with a shaky defence…bring kuqi if we dont have money, but please a good CB is a must this January.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    spoof .. douglas is available but not sure I want a bamble but he could prove me wrong as on his day he looks really good .. as long as he isn’t a hot head .. don’t need that with a CB ..

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  • solz tim krul

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #19

    hopefully we get him on tyneside koz we desperately in need of a striker. Shola isnt 1 player i wld lyk he is not quality so remy is needed lyk now. As for i wldnt be lukn fo a cb tho we nid 1 our main concern is the striker we are quite shallow in tht department. As for a cb i wil be lukn @ sum1 like sahko.

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  • mumbaNi

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #20

    I am a little bit concerned again this morning.
    We have shown we can score and have a few ‘decent’ options if we play 4-3-3.
    We have shown we can’t defend well with 1 CB out injured and the others showing fatigue or suspended through picking up cards – so how can we not urgently need a CB ? Steven Taylors injury record speaks for itself through no fault of his own – i would almost out my house on him or 1 of the other 2 getting injured again before the end of the season – why take that chance in such a perilous situation *sighs*
    I hope this is all brinksmanship with the correct action of getting a CB ‘over the line’ this time!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Douglas has had a good disciplinary record tis season and the previous one.

    One red card in a year and half is ok I think

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Sweendog…I’ll drive Tiote to the airport if that’s what it takes 😉

    …we need players in and we have to be realistic (Alderweireld is not coming since he’ll cost the same as Vertongen)

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  • shanghai fan

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Someone has probably said it already, but can we take Demba Ba off the banner now?

    Though would love to hear some quotes with his current picture, I’ll kick it off with the first one

    “That looks like a big pot of money over there…”

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Seems we’re linked with norwegian CB Forren from Molde where Solskjaer is manager.
    It was reported he was going to Fulham, but norwegian press is writing that it is no longer the case, as Fulham is not deemed “big enough”.
    Then proceeds to link him with us…
    He’ll only cost about 2,5 mill.

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  • Hebburn Mag

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #25

    I know we have a number of injuries but surely from the amount of goals that we have conceded recently, the proof is there that we need to bolster the defence? At minimum we need a new CB, were not exaclty known for having had good defences in the past with the likes of Boumsong, Bramble, Cacapa to name a few but now is the time to change that, buy a CB now and start keeping clean sheets because if we dont bring in a striker and we end up in a scrap then the goals we concede are whats going to take us down. Also seen the article early this morning about Collo wanting out? Its sounds like a load of tosh tbh, if as the article states hes been looking for a nice way of leaving the club for some time then surely he wouldnt have signed the new contract when Krul did, he would have turned it down and left the club when he previous deal ended? Doesnt have any truth IMO.

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  • WesJameson

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #26

    @ Rock // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I agree, but don’t you know…according to Percy….we have Taylor back in training….our savior supposedly

    What Percy doesn’t seem to notice, is that Saylor is a sick note, hasn’t been properly fit for two seasons now, or maybe Remi Street can play, Lord knows he is mature, and fully capable of jumping into a relegation fight

    THIS CLUB IS A JOKE, MA, DL, AP you all make me sick!!

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  • Bamble

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #27

    @TorqToon

    Im living out in France at the moment and went to a Rennes game a month ago and Alessandrini was the stand out player by a country mile. Great flair and has a really good shot on him.

    He’s starting to get hyped up by French TV now so I don’t think it will be long before he makes the national team. Its worth remembering that this is his first season in Ligue 1 though; he was playing in the same league as Amalfitano last season.

    I think he would fit in well with our team, as he tends to drift infield when attacking. Rennes struggled to exploit this when I saw them as they didn’t have an attack minded full back. With an attack minded full back, he would give the option of going wide, taking it infield or having the FB on the overlap. Also puts in a shift tracking back.

    He’s a quality player, would love it if he came to the club. And his hair looks like it was crafted by gods.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #28

    spoof

    tiote can go for me.

    In theory we have cisse, shola, ranger, campbell and at a stretch obertan as strikers.

    I think we desperately need a CH (alderwield / sakho / m’biwa – take your pick) before another striker.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #29

    sweendog, Douglas does have a hot head reputation, but so did Ben Arfa, and like Ben Arfa the older and more mature he gets the better he appears to control it, he is a 6ft4″ colossus of a man, thats what we need, neither Willo nor Colo are good enough, get Douglas and hope that Saylor gets some good luck injury wise and I feel we would be ok

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  • one Tony Green

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Indian give your head a shake man you have never been to a match in your life.

    Ed your obviously out of touch with who we can attract London is a big draw for many foreigners and so is how much a club will pay. ask Joey Barton.

    How many other clubs have signed players in this window yet. Chelsea and Arsenal and that is it.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #31

    bubba shrimp

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #32

    see we were linked with a CB from solskjaers norwegian club ..

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  • sweendog

    Jan 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #33

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew .. I think Tiote needs a break he’s lost his way a bit ..still a quality player and he didn’t jump ship to Chelsea when he had the chance so I have respect for him .. shame the pressure is getting to him .. some of his challenges against everton wouldn’t go amiss in WWE though .. maybe ACON is what he needs

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  • StuW

    Jan 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #34

    £10m? Yes please. Exactly the type of player we tried to make Ba into last season, and Cisse this. A forward who plays from the wing, something we need. Blistering pace, a little bit of skill, and fairly good in the air. Scored a fair few with his head.

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  • Sav

    Jan 5, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #35

    That describes Shane Long well. Fast, hard working, good finisher and happy to play the wing or run channels. I’d sooner him than Remy.

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  • whatsup

    Jan 5, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #36

    one of the main reasons for us shipping goals us playing cisse in right midfield. He can’t gold the ball up particularly well. we find it difficult to play out of defence because of that. it’s mind of like playing with a McCann short in the middle.

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