ESPN are reporting today that Newcastle are now in a strong position to sign Chelsea’s Loic Remy on loan for the rest of the season and the reason for that is one of his suitors – Crystal Palace and his former manager Alan Pardew – have pulled out of the race to sign him.
The news is that Palace are now unlikely to move for Remy who will only be allowed to leave Chelsea if they can sign Corinthians and former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.
Loic Remy while on loan at Newcastle two years ago
But ESPN and other outlets are reporting today that deal is very close to being completed – and once it goes through Newcastle seem to have a very good chance of getting the French International striker back to the north-east.
Of all the strikers we could sign over the second half of the season Loic could be the best bet, because he has already done the job at Newcastle once before.
Loic scored 14 goals in 26 appearances when he was on loan for us in the 2013-2014 season.
He has also told friends he would be willing to john Newcastle on loan this month.
One concern Newcastle will have is that this thing could drag on if Pato isn´t signed soon.
Newcastle do not want to leave things until the last couple of days of the transfer window to get a top striker in – so its important for Newcastle that Chelsea sign Pato soon.
Newcastle are still trying to get 22 year-old striker Saido Berahino in from West Brom, and it will be interesting what Newcastle would do if both became available – although that´s very unlikely.
They wouldn´t want to take both of them in – they don´t think that way – we are not ambitious enough to think of daft things like that and in any case w have to free up spaces on the 25 Premier League player list.
But it would be interesting nevertheless and maybe the best deal would be to sign Loic in on loan now and agree to sign Saido this summer for a given fee – since Loic wouldn´t want to sign for us permanently.
But I´m getting carried away again.
Bottom line – we need a top striker signed before next Monday to help save us from relegation – back to reality.