It’s probably a sign of the times that Newcastle are not one of the clubs going after Chelsea’s Loic Remy, who has decided after winning a Premier League title and the League Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge that we wants to get more playing time at another club.
Loic Remy – not interested in Newcastle?
Newcastle went after Loic Remy last summer after he had spent the season on loan with us from QPR, but it became clear that he just didn’t want to sign for us.
One reason for that was Newcastle selling Yohan Cabaye a year last January – ambitious clubs don’t sell their best players half way through the season and nor replace them.
So it was difficult to sign him last summer and he was almost signed by Liverpool but failed his medical there and now clubs like Swansea, Southampton and Crystal Palace are interested in signing French International striker.
Swansea and Southampton finished above Newcastle last season, and that’s one reason we have to get back into the big time next season and try for a top eight position in the league.
If we are do that we have to sign some top players this summer.
The 28-year-old striker is said to be on £80K/week at Chelsea, but with the big money available to Premier League clubs these days, that should not be a deterrent – although it may be to Newcastle.
It’s also entirely possible that it was made abundantly clear by the striker last summer that he didn’t want to come to Newcastle, and we don’t want to waste the summer going after him and failing to get him, which is essentially what happened last summer.
That’s maybe while we will not bother this summer with Remy and go after other strikers – such as 25 year-old Charlie Austin and 21 year-old Patrick Bamford, and that also helps with recruiting more Englishmen to the Newcastle squad.
What do you think?