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Marseilles Confirm They Are Ready To Sell Remy

7:50 am, Monday, January 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

News today from inside the Marseilles club that they would be willing to sell their striker Loic Remy if a big club came in for him, and also admitted he’s been hampered by a lot of injuries this season.

Loic Remy of Marseille has attracted interest from Newcastle United

Loic Remy – Marseilles ready to sell

Alan Pardew must bring in another striker in January, and the sooner the better, as the striker who has scored around half our goals this season – Demba Ba – has already left the club for Chelsea.

As we reported earlier today, it looks like Harry Redknapp’s efforts to persuade the striker to join bottom of the league QPR have already failed, so it would seem that Newcastle could be in a good position to sign the striker, and we’re sure his team mate Joey Barton will have said some positive things to say about Newcastle and their fans – anyway we hope that’s the case.

The Marseilles Sporting Director Jose Anigo has said the France international could be sold in the transfer window.

This is what Anigo told L’Equipe today:

“Some English clubs are looking at our players and have not yet come knocking on the door.” “It will come. The only window of opportunity at the moment is for Loic Remy, if a big club comes for him and he is interested. We will see, but otherwise no one will go.”

“His succession of injuries has hampered him, and saw him miss the Euros. But I think he is back. I can see in training there is a renewed confidence.” “But if he left, we still have a strong attack with Andre-Pierre  Gignac and Jordan Ayew. We are well armed.”

Remy has class, but he’s certainly not had a great season, and starts on the bench for Marseilles these days, and if Newcastle sign him it will be by the old adage that form is temporary but class is permanent.

We think Remy would be a great singing for the club, but we’ll still have only three strikers available, and hope we can score enough goals through the end of the season.

What do you think?

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jan 7, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    quote from yesterday , so looks like we’ll be up against a German club for a decent striker

    good luck to us

  • 2 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Wish we would just get players in ffs all targets should of of had bids made for them in the first week we need bodies in and quick for these tough games coming up and points can be won.

  • 3 KevinHann // Jan 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    On the striker vs defender priority:

    We do need a striker, arguably as much as we need a defender. With Steven Taylor returning soon we have 3 CBs fit. And at the front we are left with Cisse and Ameobi. Not only does that leave us extremely vulnerable to a single injury, but it also limits us in terms of the formations we could successfully employ. 4-3-3 is unusable at the moment with Ben Arfa sidelined. We are stuck with Obertan and the wing is not exactly Marveaux’s best position. Do we want to gamble with Cisse as the only source of goals and hope Ben Arfa will suddenly reappear in top form? And what do we do until then?

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Kevin

    Bringing in defenders should/would lessen the burden for the attack anyway. I’m not bothered if we win a game 1-0 or 5-4, but with our lack of attacking options sorting the defence and conceding less is going to be of a greater benefit now. Even if we increased our attacking options but failed to strengthen defensively, can we guarantee that our strikers will be able to score 2 or more each game, which would be roughly a requirement given goals conceded to games played this season.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Anigos’ interview was before the OM -EAG match yesterday and not today.

  • 6 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Good GOD nobody has come him yet other than QPR Jesus H Christ this club is definitely not serious even though I dont rate this guy, they where all over him and they havent even approached him ….

    What a Joke…

  • 7 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    According to sky sports, Chelsea are set to sign Metalist Kharkivs best player, Taison.
    Should make our game against them a bit easier if true.

  • 8 KevinHann // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Also it is surprising so many turned against the team and the manager after the loss at Brighton.

    What did you expect, folks? It is clear we couldn’t play a much stronger side. Marveaux was used to the hilt in the hectic Christmas-New Year fixture list and needed to be rested, especially given his injury record.

    Plus we could argue if the management didn’t see the FA Cup as an unnecessary distraction at this point. As much as a good run could boost the morale, more games could cost us dearly with the injuries we have. I am inclined to accept it as a strategic loss. Is it nice? No, of course! Could we have given it a better go? Don’t think so.

  • 9 thespecialone-ameobi // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    I honestly hope we get players in ASAP. Hopefully this week we need to get our targets in now. Why wait till the end off the window we should just get our players now. So we can move up the league

  • 10 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Can see us waiting til the end of the window to see if we can get him cheaper then the “we tried” shite will roll out.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    How many games a season are all these stars going to get at Chelsea?

  • 12 KevinHann // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Please tell me what options do we have with Ba gone and Cabaye/Tiote/Ben Arfa missing?

    Our defence needs an addition, but we do have options. While in attack we are depleted. I don’t think you guys realize how essential Ba was. We don’t have anyone able to fill the void at the moment. If we don’t sign a replacement, we will suffer big time offensively.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Kevin – Could w have given it a better go? At Brighton, definitely. Were we outplayed? comprehensively. Had most of our team featured in the premiership for us? Yes. Should we accept that it was a distraction and therefore players didn’t give 100%? No.

    I’m not bothered about going out, but just because we didn’t have a first team out, doesn’t mean that the performance of individuals, the team as a whole and the tactics and set up can anger fans that at minimum expected people to be committed and look interested.

  • 14 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    It just goes to show how much Crap is written on here with Posts and rumours?

    This blog has been busy with stories amd rumours about this player for weeks.

    Now according to the above, the only club who have made an offer is QPR?

    Smoke-screen ! So then what is going on for real? I don,t know what to believe anymore?

    Plus i am not sure if Joey would be so positive talking to him about our club ! Joey had little or no problems with the Fans, No but with the owners and the Hierarchy then that is the complete opposite!

  • 15 KevinHann // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I understand the disappointment and an apology is due. But it is the players who need to perform in order for the tactics to come to fruition. I doubt we can judge what the gameplan was when the players were ripped apart. When it doesn’t work it looks very bad, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Pardew was clueless. And this applies to other performances as well. It is a collective burden as far as I’m concerned.

    Of course you can disagree with me, especially if you were on the seats watching the massacre :(

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Kevin – I never mentioned that we had options, I said it is easier to nick a 1-0 win with a strong defence than to win 5-4 with a decent attack and poor defence.

    I agree we need strengthening up front, but that could be said for the entire squad and coaching staff. Priority should be a centre half to plug the holes in our defence conceding 39 goals in 21 games is horrendous, 3rd worst in the league.

  • 17 TorqToon // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Morning gents! I hear whispers on here of a medical today? Much truth in that?

  • 18 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    @8:

    I tend to agree with you there Kev.

    I was actually so busy reading all the Negative Posts yesterday i started to get depressed myself.
    While at the same time afterwards, asking myself, “why”?

    Bollocks to the FA Cup, my Priority is just staying in the division we are now in!

  • 19 q8igeordie // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    @Kevinhann .. I agree with your first part .. but the way pardew gives his interviews … he makes you believe that its a must win game .. but we never seem to show up .. I remember the first part of last season .. no ba for first couple of games .. no ben arfa until january .. afcon .. no marvs .. no anita .. no cisse .. how did we stay undefeated for the first 11 games?

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Kevin
    I dont think its the result that p1ssed us all off but the complete lack of any effort from the players on the pitch to go out there and actually win the game or even play the game!
    Now i can understand subdued performances from santon anita willo they have, as you said, been used to the hilt over a congested xmas schedule due to an injury hit squad
    But the younguns had no excuse this was there chance to stake a claim to the first team and none of them took it with the exception of dummett who definatly looked like he’d been told to go out there and show what he could do, and maybe begrudgingly ranger

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Morning Torq…we all waiting to see if that’s true :-)

  • 22 KevinHann // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I think you underestimate the importance of Ba. I am worried we won’t be able to produce enough in attack to scrape 1-0 and with our defence unlikely to turn into a fortress even with another CB scoring is going to be a lot more important. We have been spoilt with our strikepower, do not forget that!

    q8igeordie

    We should be used with the way Pardew conducts his interviews by now. It may be one of his flaws, but then again he can’t really say “We aren’t interested in the FA Cup so I’m fielding the kids to get gangbanged”. The kids need to be properly motivated after all.

  • 23 Sazzer // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    TT- No new signs of it so far.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    No, I completely agree it was a collective burden, although there were times you could see Pardew just urging them to launch it forward. I wasn’t there, I live in Malawi, so had to settle for watching it on TV out here. Players take some blame, and unfairly some take more than others.

    I think some players are unsuited to tactics Pardew wants to play, and to be honest I think Pardew isn’t exactly sure what he wants to do either. This comes down to the training ground and a lack of top quality coaching at the club. This is also the reason the youngsters don’t progress to the level they should.

  • 25 WWYCD // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    He’s not coming been too long in the rumour mill, price will be higher than quoted I’d bet and he doesn’t really want to come imo

  • 26 Santon03 // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Which CB is available under 8mil pound?

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Kevin

    I think Debuchy and a centre back could make a huge difference. The number of goals we have conceded due to players trying to cover and not working as a unit is embarrassing. Colo has been hugely affected by trying to cover up for others errors. If we stop conceding as many we can start to build on that basis.

    Yes, we will still concede, but I think Cisse will step up and score goals, and then Marveaux, Cabaye and Ben Arfa will all chip in. I would love us to sign both a defender, and an attacker, and I honestly think we will, but if it is one or the other I would have to pick a centre half.

  • 28 Sazzer // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Strongly Linked with Mirin. Dougie boy, M.Biwa usual suspects. Hungeland.

  • 29 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Santon3

    Hangeland can be bought at a very good price and is what we need at the back someone to win all the headers and chip in with some goals i know hes 31 but we will get a good few years out of him.

  • 30 nufc1984 // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    No chance on remy. President said he could leave if a big club comes in with a good offer. Likelihood is we will try and barter and in the end om will get sick of it and sell him to a proper big club.

  • 31 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Santon 03

    a not very good one

  • 32 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jan 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    News in the round this aftrernoon!

    Remy is waiting for a club in the German League to come and get him!

    It,s the same thing that happened with Luuk de Jong noy so long ago! Would seem that he wants a club who will be able to pay him Big Wages!




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