The Sun on Sunday is reporting that Loic Remy has turned down the chance to join Newcastle United on a permanent basis in Jnauary, but that shouldn’t be too surprising to Newcastle fans, as Loic has said a number of times he wants to keep his options open, and will decide which club to join in the summer.
Loic Remy – spurns offer to sign for Newcastle
Loic Remy is on loan for the season from QPR, and he has already scored 11 goals for Newcastle in the Premier League in just 21 appearances, but it’s expected there will be bigger clubs than Newcastle wanting to sign him in the summer.
And Loic has said he misses the Champions League, and to be fair, a player of Loic’s ability should be playing in the top European League every season, and he will not get that at Newcastle – well not any time soon anyway.
The Sun is reporting the transfer fee agreed with QPR was around £10M, and Newcastle were willing to pay that amount in January, but the player does not want to sign for us.
It seems likely that Loic will sign for a club that will give him Champions League football every season, and there should be a number of top clubs only too willing to sign Loic.
Newcastle will not be able to keep top players like Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye until the leaders at the club get more ambitious, and at the very least target a Champions League position – as the club’s major goal.
That’s different from what the club is saying today – that Newcastle want to finish in the upper half of the Premier League as a minimum requirement – that seems awfully safe to us.
But fortune favors the brave, and unless and until Newcastle become far more ambitious and at least go all out for a top four place in the Premier League, then players like Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye will want to leave, and we’ll not be able to hold onto them.
Unfortunately that’s the way things are at the moment at Newcastle United – it’s not being negative – it’s simply telling the truth – albeit a sad truth.
Newcastle were a top four club when Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson were managing the club, and we can do it again, if only the leaders believed we can still do it.
What do you think?
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