Alan Pardew was asked about Loic Remy yesterday, and he pointed out the failure to replace Demba Ba in January by the French International has been a major problem for Newcastle this year.
Loic Remy – Newcastle interested this summer?
And while most of us think there’s just no way Newcastle would go after Remy in the summer, when he will leave QPR via a release clause in his contract – Alan Pardew did say yesterday that it would be foolish to rule out another move for him this summer.
But Newcastle have also been left with a bad taste in their mouths about the Remy situation in January:
“We were disappointed how that ended if I’m honest,” “We made it clear to his agent and to the player that we were upset about the way it was done.
“They maintain it was done in an honest and honorable way, therefore I have to believe that.” “We’ve been under major pressure and we’re fortunate in some respects that Papiss Cissé has stayed fit,”
“We’ve been running with really and truly a couple of strikers in Gouff, who’s come in and Cissé.”
“I think it’s hard for a French player when he’s been playing wide for Bordeaux – as the wide striker – to come here and crack it as Newcastle No 10.” “I think it put extra pressure on him and the team.”
Just to add some reality here to Alan’s comment on Remy’s agents – what did Newcastle think they would say after he joined QPR – that they had screwed us – we don’t think so.
It’s extremely unlikely that Remy would come to Newcastle this summer, and he’s already making noises about wanting to join Arsenal.
Newcastle may make an initial approach, but we think the player wouldn’t be interested – and unless he would walk on his hands and knees from London to Newcastle to sign for us – I don’t think Newcastle will remain too interested.
And he’s not going to do that, now he’s looked good in the Premier League and some top clubs will be interested in him this summer.
So we think it’s still a no-go on Remy this summer – always assuming we stay up.
What do you think?
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