There is a report in the Star today that Newcastle want to bring back two of their former strikers back to Tyneside – Demba Ba and on loan striker Loic Remy, who has failed to reach agreement with Arsenal on a compensation package and the move is stalled.
Demba Ba – will he return?
The good news yesterday was that Newcastle are back in negotiations with Loic Remy’s agent on a possible deal, with QPR also interested and we suppose it’s like 18 months ago – and the best compensation offer made will determine which club Loic signs for – and it could even be newly promoted QPR again.
Arsenal could come back in with an improved compensation offer for Loic, and Tottenham are also be interested in Remy.
Demba Ba is available from Chelsea after a tough 18 months there since he left Newcastle for £7M, and the Star is reporting that Newcastle are looking at making a (they call it sensational) move for him.
The wages of both players is the big hurdle for Newcastle, plus the fact we are nowhere close to being a Champions League team again anytime soon.
But the very fact that we are in there trying to get deals for Ba and Remy is a (very) good thing – if only we can get one of the strikers through the door.
And Newcastle are in France trying to negotiate a deal for long term target Remy Cabella and Remy is now off on vacation – but that doesn’t say a deal couldn’t be done for the player, who is said to be keen to join Newcastle.
And another target we have in the striker ranks is Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette – but he wants to play for a Champions League side.
It would be great if we can sign Demba Ba or Loic Remy and sensational if we could get both – but the chances of is doing that have to be fairly slim.
Both players were great for us with Demba scoring 29 goals in 58 appearances and Loic scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances.
What do you think?
Written while on vacation in England.