The Telegraph is reporting today that Loic Remy has flown into Newcastle, and will undergo a medical as the next step in his move to Newcastle United, after a fee of €10M (£8.2M) was agreed with his Marseilles club yesterday.
Loic Remy – in Newcastle for medical?
Newcastle were given permission on Sunday to talk to the player on terms, so even if he isn’t yet in Newcastle, it’s a safe bet he will arrive today, because we cannot believe there will be any problems on agreeing wages with the French striker.
Loic has already turned down a big offer from QPR manager Harry Redknapp to move to London, and the news of the last few days is that he would either stay at Marseilles or move to Newcastle.
Remy seems almost a perfect striker to join Newcastle, with his speed and ability, and the fact he can play up front as a central striker in a 4-4-2 formation, or out on one of the wings in a 4-3-3 formation.
We saw against Norwich City on Saturday that although the defense was improved, and the team kept their shape through most of the game, there was just no threat up front at all, and Papiss Cisse needs some help.
As we reported yesterday, Marseilles President Vincent Labrune announced an agreement had been reached on the fee, and Newcastle were given permission to talk to the player.
And we have to think things will move quickly today to get Remy signed, so he can spend most of the week training with the Newcastle side, and potentially even start the game against Reading on Saturday, although Shola Ameobi will also be available, having served his one match ban for being sent off at Brighton.
Newcastle’s signing of Remy will make it €17M (£14M) spend already in the January transfer market – and we’re not yet half way through the window, and two experienced Frenchmen have arrived in Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy, and it seems Newcastle are determined to strengthen the squad this month – late though it may be.
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