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He’s A Lovely Young Boy And We Can Sign Him

6:23 pm, Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 74 Comments

It may be a small chance, but we think there is a chance that Loic Remy could sign for Newcastle as soon as next month, and from what the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today, he has hopes of signing the French International striker.

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Loic Remy – has been great for Newcastle

Certainly Loic has fitted in quickly and well at Newcastle this season, and of course it will have helped that we have so many French players  currently in the squad.

And it says a lot about Newcastle,  that we went back in for him in the summer, after Loic had turned us down at the last moment last January and joined QPR for more money, and it certainly wasn’t to play in front of 17,000 at Loftus Road, that’s for sure.

Alan Pardew was talking on Absolute Radio about Loic Remy today:

“He has been terrific – he’s a lovely young boy.” “I think he has got great technical ability, and he’s going to have a great career in the Premier League – and hopefully with us.”

“We feel we can sign him – we have the finance to do that – but of course probably at the end of the year, Loic and his agent and his representatives will decide where his future is.”

“50,000 Geordies – there isn’t a lot of clubs who can beat that. That’s what I say to my players. “They think the grass is greener, and we’ve lost some good players in this football club.”

“Joey Barton moved on, Andy Carroll … and actually you have to argue, have they moved on to better clubs? “Because when they were here they were absolutely terrific for us, and I think sometimes the grass isn’t always greener, as we know.”

The facts are that very few players who have left Newcastle are better off now than they were while at Newcastle, and they include Demba Ba, Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Danny Guthrie, among others.

Hopefully Loic will see all the positives he has at Newcastle, including being a very popular player with the best fans in the land, and that Newcastle held no hard feeling after he broke his word to join Newcastle last January.

If he signs for Newcastle he can have a terrific career at St. James’ Park – there’s not much doubt about that.

What do you think?

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Tags: Loic Remy · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours


74 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Be good if we could get him signed up on a conditional contract on January 1 but that’s where preparation would need to have been done along with negotiations over price, terms etc. However, that’d have required a professional approach…. with Joe on the case? Mmm..

    And more to the point, in one breath we’re talking about the need for secrecy before signings are completed (see L Remy to QPR for example), a d in the other, there’s Pards telling the world and its mother that we could sign Remy.

    Will we ever learn?

  • 2 G // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I thought the Gooners had just tabled a bid of £12M for him? Was that just paper talk? Either way, I can’t see us spending that on one man.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Ed, there is NO chance of us signing Remy next month. His police bail has apparently been extended yet again to February -ie after the window closes. Nobody with a brain will sign up anyone who potentially could end up going to jail.

  • 4 Thump // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Joey Barton moved on

    …like he had a choice.

  • 5 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    G we almost had the deL wrapped up for about 11million until Harry pulled the rug from under us ! Loic has proved his worth and I would meet the valuation … He gives us options and think he would be great on the left of a front 3 and has proved half decent as a lone man but think he needs support

  • 6 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I would be amazed if this was to happen in January but hey we can all hope. Remy himself said yesterday in an interview before the match that he didn’t know where his future lay at the end of the season but wanted champions league football next season !!

  • 7 Ancientcoptic // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I am pretty sure the Remy to Arsenal for 12 million came from ‘caughtoffside,’ which is without doubt the worst rumour website on the internet.

    Caughtoffside makes the Daily Mail rumours look like science.

  • 8 Cool Hand Luke // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Mister Tuff, surely a caveat can be built in to the contract to protect NUFC if he does have to spend some time at her Majesty’s pleasure.

  • 9 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    # DEAL # front 3 Remy Doumbia HBA quite a potent stile force pace power skill goals goals goals if only !

  • 10 Belfast // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I would say we’ve absolutely no chance of signing him on a permanent basis. It’s probably best we enjoy it while he’s here. No doubt the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal will be sniffing around him after his loan spell with us.

  • 11 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Pardumb’s penchant for stupid utterances appears to know no bounds. Barton was forced out of the club. Carroll was gleefully moved on by Llambias for 35million.
    the biggest obstacle to Remy staying is Pardumb’s stupidity as evidenced by this analogy

    This is a great club. we have the players (no thanks to Pardumb) to challenge for the top four but dumb decisions like selecting Coloshitty over Yanga continue to undermine any chance we have of doing something special.

    Pardumb needs to learn to shut up and focus on selecting our best 11 -something he still has not mastered after 3 years in charge

  • 12 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Belfast can certainly see Arsenal being interested not sure he fits the bill for Chelsea ! If that happened I would be interested in taking Demba back

  • 13 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Toobrother you really are a tedious monotonous moron !

  • 14 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Even if remy was to sign which is very doubtful we still need another Cf bringing in. Take remy out of the equation if injured and we are back to square 1 with an out of sorts cisse and goals aplenty strolla-Doomed !!

  • 15 Belfast // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I would be trying to get Ba back in January on loan

  • 16 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    big talk from mr pards !

    hope he’s right but something inside tell’s me he’s setting his hopes too high >.<

    if we have a deal in place allready then fair enough as i think remy himself is very happy at us atm but if not those offers will come flying in with huge pay rises come the summer and we can kiss his backside goodbye wether we meet the asking price or not !

    sadly we need to plan ahead for if he doesnt sign before we end up signing no one yet again and get a main striker in even if he does sign.

    ince would be top of shopping list also.

  • 17 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    @Blaydon-Toon no offence what makes you think toonbrother gives a flying fvck what n irrelevant retarded toad like you thinks. Why dont go impale yourself on an electric fence and do world a favour? This is precisely why retards like your dad should not be allowed to procreate

  • 18 Ancientcoptic // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    To say we have no chance of signing Remy isn’t taking in a lot of aspects that are on our side: We can talk to him anytime we want, other clubs need permission, a group of fellow internationals, a season at the club to settle, the support of the fans in a large stadium etc etc… I would not say that means we ”have no chance,” of signing him.

    Arsenal & Chelsea will want to spend big on strikers in the summer, over 30 million… they will buy big or not at all…

    Tottenham is the only club I am worried about, they need a striker, and will not want to spend huge amounts – Remy fits the profile for them perfectly, but if they do not get Champions League, the only march they have on us would be terms they can offer. I don’t think there is a club in the world that would sign Adebayor for the wages he is on now, that could leave Tottenham in a pickle.

    We have a fair chance at signing Remy.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    lesh…thanks for the heads up earlier regarding my Nokia Lumia :)

    …don’t sweat it; any info you have is great (I am used to an android phone so I know absolutely nothing about Win 8 phones :) ) lol

  • 20 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    @Blaydon-Toon no offence but what makes you think toonbrother gives a flying fvck what an irrelevant toad like you thinks. Why dont you go impale yourself on an electric fence and do world a favour?
    This is precisely why retards like your dad should not be allowed to procreate.

  • 21 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    toonbothere at it again. If I were you (and please feel free to shoot me in the face now if it were so) I would seriously never open by stating that someone else had a penchant for stupid utterances Pot/Kettle…..

    Having said that, I dont think its a good idea for anyone to say of another bloke “he’s a lovely young boy” eeewww a bit squirmy that one. :)

    And before you say anything, shut up Belfast…

  • 22 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    It would be a real coup getting Remy’s long term signature. Only way I see that happening is:
    1. We make the champions league
    2. We are prepared to bid >£15million .
    3. Kinnear is not involved in any way whatsoever
    Personally I think we should line up Luuk De Jong and Finnbogason for the summer as replacements and start rehabilitating Papis Cisse back to his old goalscoring self

  • 23 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    @21Tsunki if you were toonbrother your life wouldn’t be the pointless miserable waste of oxygen that it is.

  • 24 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    although you’re essentially a pointless tw@ toonbotherer, and I usually don’t compliment anyone so highly, I mostly agree with what you said @22. Its a crazy, wacky world. :D

  • 25 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    @22 tb

    although i’ll not comment on your first 3 points ! your thinking on luuk/fingo and cisse are in my line of thinking also buddy think those 2 would be perfect for us (we wouldnt get luuk if he was on form so get him while he’s out of it and build it back up)and with cisse no one will buy him if he is out of form anyways so its ideal to turn him into the player he should be now while he apreciates the support.

  • 26 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Tsunki if you do not like toonbrother’s comments why don’t you ignore them.

    He is entitled to his opinion, however right or wrong.

  • 27 Mister Tuff // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    cool hand like @8 – well yes you could insert any caveat into a contract -with protections for all those involved – but would it be worth the effort -mid season. (not saying hes not worth it by the way.) The delays in the case are worrying – it could be read that if there was no chance of getting sufficient evidence -that probably would have been established by now – and him being released from bail with no further action being taken. The delays could suggest that evidence is going to be available -however the CPS will decide his fate. If he is charged and convicted – he will be going to jail for quite a few years.

  • 28 Dannyo // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    You have to say in recent times, if all goes well for Liverpool, then Enrique is the only one to go on to another club an be “successful”.
    Marginally though, as they’ve not achieved much yet while he’s been there.

  • 29 Dannyo // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Oh, and yes!
    The likes of toonbrother is why I chose not to comment as much here anymore.
    If Ed could do something about it, that’d be great. I’ve nagged him about that for a couple of years now, and still no improvement.

  • 30 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Indian – does he reind you of anyone, like? :)

    You are right of course I really should ignore him. He refers to himself in the 3rd person which means he is either a robot sent back in time to warn us that in the near future, when we are heading to a goalless draw needing only a point to secure the PL title against s*nderland, Colo barges past Tim in the 93rd minute and drives the ball into his own net, or he is the psycho from Identity whose missus had one too many Nando’s dates wth the curly – haired one.

  • 31 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM


    Also Indian – his post @22 is an opinion, and most welcome – the other stuff is just insulting behaviour and repetitive hating, which as you remember, are not tolerated well by many here.

  • 32 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    we are all toon fans we have no reason to fight eachother !!!

    who cares if we all think different it all adds to the conversation aslong as name calling doesnt come into it and realising that our own opinions are not always right the blog gets more active !

    personally i miss ibiza and tads not seen them around for a while now but they was always pretty much down to earth fans.

  • 33 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Dannyo – whatver Jose has achieved has been achieved through fire though, hasn’t it? Those dark days under Dogleash and his spell on our turf alongside Carroll with “we’re in the top 6, Jose Enrique, we’re in the top 6…” ringing in his ears whilst wearing a goalies shirt have to have been dark dark days indeed. :)

  • 34 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    croftus tads was on last night and Ibiza comes on briefly from time to time as he is currently on a fence-sitting tour of California I believe.

  • 35 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    @Dannyo if toonbrother had his way, weakminded fascists like your good self who cowardly petition Ed to “do something about” views they disagree would be round up, made to face a firing squad, hanged and poisoned for good measure.
    What a bedwetting idiot you are. Please do us a favour and follow through on your threat “not to comment as much here anymore”. No half measures. Go into exile completely!
    Leave those of us prepared to tolerate divergent views alone to have robust debates in peace. This is a blog for ALL fans of NUFC not self-entitled spoilt brats like you.

  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    oh well looks like lights out until wednesday.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    We’re doing great at the moment and everyone is enjoying it, I however haven’t changed my views on Mashley as why is he all of a sudden the hero because Vincent Tan is such a cretin, he still badly let us down in the summer and only time will tell as to what happens in January, and because we’re on a roll I’ve gone from an intelligent insightful poster to a boring sad knobba with anti NUFC views ?

  • 38 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    @34 tsunki

    ah ok ty buddy glad to see they have not left.

  • 39 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    …and just as I spoke….

    The problem you have, toonbotherer, is you confuse ‘robust debate’ with the need to hurl insults at anyone who disagrees with you, or gets justly tired of your constat rounding on a certain player. If the blog was defined by that sort of behaviour there would only be a half dozen disgraceful bullies on here. OK we get it, you dont like it, change the content and all will engage.

    Meanwhile, I am hoping that decent posters who know how to interact with a reasonable level of manners stay the course and continue to show your inappropriate retorts up for what they are.

    On the other hand, if your posts were more like @22 then all would be well.

  • 40 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    ha ha ha Jail I saw that I had to laugh at that one.

    I must be falling into the same category because I still trust the Fat One as far as my granny can chuck him. He has more devious tricks to play against us up his bounteous sleeve.

  • 41 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I have changed my Views on Mike Ashley.

    In My view now he is now after even more money from the club than before.

    From Llambias to JFK

    Bad to worse.

  • 42 Tsunki // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    The Fat One – ‘E ‘ates us, ‘E does…….

  • 43 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    @Tsunki i think most decent posters who have any modicum of common sense can see i am NEVER the first to “hurl insults”. I just believe in returning fire with interest when the spirit moves me.

    I have every right to express my frustration with the continued unmerited selection of a rubbish player and the resulting wasted opportunities.

    You seem a reasonably intelligent person. If you have a problem with my opinions feel free to use your scroll button and ignore them.

  • 44 Ibizatoon // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Jail…Don’t worry, you’ve always been “a boring sad knobba” – Hope you had a good Christmas

    Tsunki…Thank you for updating the blog, tour is going well.

    Croftus….Miss you too. Right, best get to football chat, getting all emotional…

    On thread…Of course we can sign him, as long as a club with more ambition or money aren’t interested….

  • 45 Thump // Dec 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    If Thump had many money Thump would be rich.

    Is this seriously the level of wind up merchant’s that are on the blog these days? Christ, grow the f up, man.

  • 46 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Reasonably Intelligent? who Tsunki…Nooooooooo.

  • 47 Ibizatoon // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    toonbrother…You’re showing your bad judgement again.

    First about Colo and now Tsunki…

    “You seem a reasonably intelligent person”

    You have to laugh.

  • 48 Ibizatoon // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    HD…I knew we’d manage to agree on something in 2013 :)

  • 49 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM


    For a Moment I thought It wouldn’t happen in 2013. My faith is restored ;)

  • 50 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Toon Brother

    Tsunki will again disagree with you on that one

  • 51 Ibizatoon // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    HD…Maybe we’ve entered a parallel universe?

    If we have, I fully expect a £25m plus signing from Ashley on January 1st.

    Come on parallel universe…

  • 52 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM


  • 53 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM


    More Likely JFK playing in as a central striker. He is the best CF in the world.

    But There is hope however Minuscule


    Good Night

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Was a canny one, got home on the 22nd just in time for Christmas, hoping uncle Ebermashley will bring me some presents in January, not expecting too much though.

  • 55 Ibizatoon // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    HD…and crashing back down to reality I come…have a good night.

    Jail…Glad to hear it. Thought you were over in China?

    Not expecting much? Never had you down as cynical. Here’s hoping.

  • 56 Oleg G // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    It is a bit off topic but, as we have so many French players in our team, I hope that non of them did in general and didn’t photograph themselves with that horrible gesture like Anelka and Nasri did.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Doing a month on month off, but going back a bit later this time.

  • 58 lesh // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Jesper, here’s a link to one of the Nokia forums -

    Hope it proves helpful.

  • 59 Ted Bundy // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I see the self-proclaimed intelligentsia are on flexing their mental faculties tonight.

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Bundy, you weirdo, got anything nice to say, or do you keep the nicieties for your letters to Rose from Durham.

  • 61 lesh // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    If ever a bloody good player was laid out on a plate, Remy’s the one and if w don’t sign him – even on a conditional contract, somebody upstairs at SJP needs to be sacked!

    Joe (Judge me on my signings) Kinnear couldn’t be presented with an easier challenge and if he cocks this one up, then he’s clearly not got the influence he says he has with Ashley.

    If they think they can’t afford him, they need look no further than Liverpool paying Suarez £200k a week to keep him and let him justify his wages with the revenue available through participation in the Champions League.

  • 62 clinath@ed // Dec 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    WHAT AN ENTRANCE…Ibiza is back. Like Batman, or somet, just when the the blog need saving, he was there in the Nick of time.

  • 63 jimiley // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    What do you do with a striker who scores a penalty in the last of 20 games? one goal in 20? Keep him and make him a better player? That is the Toon way but Wonga man would be out the door at Arsenal, Chelsea, man u, man c, liverpool etc. Maybe thats why we win nowt???

  • 64 IITianToon // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    @jimiley Well the likes of Bendtner, Welbeck and Torres went through similar patches and are still around, so that invalidates your point kinda doesn’t it? :P

  • 65 IITianToon // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    And whats with the continual postponement of his rape trial? I mean WTF, it would seem like a high profile case like Ted Bundy’s on trial or something!

  • 66 IITianToon // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    By the way for the poster Ted Bundy, (no)thanks to you I got tempted to research and watched a movie on the guy, something I wished I had never done. You horrible, horrible man! :(

  • 67 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    @63 jimely

    there is easier ways to build his confidence imo !

    put him on against lesser opponents i.e. cup games or when we are 2 goals up ect when confidence is high (stoke game)

    once he realises he can score goals when he plays he will start hitting those wonder goals for us again hopefully.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    As we are constantlty reminded by a few on here, we cant compete with the likes of Lpool and there that is no way that Mashley is going to spend 20M on the off chance that we will gain a CL spot, I hope I am not being to cynical but I really Can’t See him spending any Money at all in January as there isn’t any need to as long as we are on target for that top ten finish,the Spin has been put as Such as that we will look at top eight and an FA cup quarter final will be Seen as a Success,
    Forgive the Unecessary capitals but Im using the new upgraded S pen to write instead of typing it Im not sold yet.

  • 69 stan anderson // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    To many people are happy to just be in the a position in the upper regions of the league.
    Dont we deserve to be at least winning a cup,if not the league.
    I hope you get your wish in 2014,i know i wont get mine.
    Dont tell me we are making progress as we will get let down again at some stage by the cockney B/stard tha owns our great club.
    All the best

  • 70 HBA.10 // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM


  • 71 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Thanks lesh :)

  • 72 Alems1983 // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    This is my first ever post, I’ve read this blog for years and at times it’s been un bearable, but read it anyway! We should ALL be ecstatic how the seasons going, up until the weekend we were above spurs, Man U and the scum, we would all have taken that with both hands at this stage of the season, u know its true! We are in the mix of the top 8 albeit we are now 8th in that mini league. We have the 2nd half of the season now to negotiate our way up this mini league with no injuries and a fresh squad with January looming, none of our players will move in a wc year particularly in jan! I believe Ashley will make some signings to strengthen our position this year to push us on! They won’t want the Europa league because of past experiences we came close 2 years ago to the top 4, don’t forget we went in to the last game still with a chance! I believe we have a better chance this year, stop with all this doom and gloom we all bleed black and white so we’re all on the same side! The lads need our support so does pardew and the staff! So get behind them! And maybe we can get up this mini league!

  • 73 Harley // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM


    Making progress on what?

    The championship a few seasons ago, the disaster of last season, the souness days, the dalgleish, gullit, allardyce days?

    The old 1st division, the Mckeag days?

    We have no given right to win anything. We’ve never been a challenging club other than 2 years under keegan and 3 years under Robeson.

    We’ve won nothing for 44 years and in the last 20 years we’ve finished higher than 5th 4 times (maybe 5).

    I’m not looking for an argument or attacking you but we have to get real. The premiership has changed so much. We aren’t the club keegan or Robson had. We don’t have anywhere near the history of a Man U, Liverpool or arsenal and no one has the financial clout of a man city or Chelsea.

    We are making great progress under a steady but cautious leadership. We were in the championship 4 seasons ago and now we are realistically talking about an outside chance of the champions league.

    That’s progress.

  • 74 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Roy, Fu Manchu, and Toon brothel are all mackems.

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