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Newcastle Striker Options Reduced To This One Player

11:51 pm, Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

Newcastle’s second approach for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette was encouraged by his agents, but it has come to nothing over the last 72 hours.

The player has again told Newcastle he does not want to move anywhere this month as he tries to make the French squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in June.

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Loic Remy – number one target now

And Newcastle are having trouble in persuading West Brom to sell their 22 year-old striker Saido Berahino for a fee up to £20M, with West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace reported becoming greedy and wanting closer to £30M for Berahino.

So with options starting to run out for Newcastle, it looks like we are banking on trying to get Loic Remy to the club on loan with the London club expected to seal a loan deal for Corinthian and former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato tomorrow.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink will then allow Loic Remy to leave the club on loan for the rest of the season and Newcastle have already told Chelsea they want the striker on loan.

If the news is to be believed then Loic wants to come back to Newcastle after having such a successful loan spell in the 2013-2014 season – when he scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances for us.

And today Crystal Palace signed former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer through the end of the season.

That means they are not interested in taking Loic Remy on loan which would seem to leave the door open for Newcastle.

Other options Newcastle would turn to if we cannot get Remy would be to shell out £7M for Swansea striker Bafe Gomis – a former target of ours, but Newcastle are not too enamored with that deal.

And it’s certainly a lot of money to pay out for a 30 year-old.

With the success of Andros Townsend being signed on Wednesday and very anxious to join the club, it’s very important that Newcastle now get Loic Remy in.

And if we can do that the four players signed this month – Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet, Andros Townsend  and Loic Remy for £30M would be a good transfer window for Newcastle.

We’d still like to see a left back brought in and Newcastle could still surprise us, but if we can get Loic Remy over the line then Steve McClaren should have an improved squad.

It would then be up to him to get the results – as well as having Newcastle put in good displays and control games.

Results will very quickly become the only measuring stick with just 15 games to play.

Wins are what we need to survive.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Andros Townsend · Loic Remy · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    I still think there’s stuff going on with Lacazette

  • 2 Dangleberries // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    They need to cut the bullshit and get the Reme signed up. We could be top of the league and Lacazette would still not have signed for us. Typical NUFC transfer window stalling tactics!

  • 3 optimistic prime // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    After watching Chelsea Arsenal again tonight I’d pass on Remy if we have another option.

    I don’t know if he was injured unfit or not interested but he made Shola look athletic.

  • 4 Toon Tang // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    30 mil for Behrehino… MARHOOSIVE LOLS

  • 5 switch365 // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    With our previous history with Remy, from him choosing QPR and then Chelski over us, I’d never trust the lad, nor would I want all our hopes to be based on him agreeing to come back.

    Get a centre back and left back and stop the pissing about!

  • 6 Our Toon // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:23 AM


    I said the same about Remy, people think we are signing the same player when he was on loan to us but in reality we are signing a bench warmer of 2 years who’s been plagued by injury. He was miles off the pace at the weekend and will need at least a month to get back into some sort of shape if not longer!!

    I’d rather sign a fullback and a CB, keep Tiote, that will be enough to stay up

  • 7 Mo Drysdale // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Not bad, home and away teams.

    At home, attack, attack, atack, attack attack

    Away, attack on the break with lightening speed

    Home Team






    Awat Team






  • 8 lesh // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Another fine mess of Mr Charnley’s making?

    A half-decent MD’d offer his resignation.

  • 9 Our Toon // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:47 AM


    The problem with the away team is that we will not keep the ball upfront, we’ll get battered as the defence will forever be under the cosh. Perez is decent, around the same age as Mitrovic who is 3 off Perez total from his first full season and miles ahead of him in terms of assists.

    Perez is not a striker and never will be the main striker!! Holding the ball up and bringing players into the game is what will take pressure off the defence!!

  • 10 lesh // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Lacazette doesn’t want to move mid-season could be translated to ‘Newcastle United? Non!’

  • 11 Our Toon // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Charnley pulls no strings. He’s rolled out ad the face of the club…..the apparent MD who in all reality has no say in footballing matters or anything else.

    The only time he gets a say is when he asks who wants coffee or tea!!

  • 12 lesh // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    If Remy’s the only option then Charnley’s poxed up again, big time.

  • 13 2 goals 1 cup // Jan 27, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    if we do stay up would love for us to get this left back

  • 14 SPRINGY // Jan 27, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    2 goals
    seems a canny player but prefer willems….great crosser/set piece taker with a lot of assists in open play…very quick

  • 15 2 goals 1 cup // Jan 27, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    SPRINGY me two i do prefer willems great crossing abilty with both feet shit load of assits just loves this brazlians defending skills thou. i think for sure we will get willems in end of season

  • 16 lesh // Jan 27, 2016 at 1:40 AM

    And if Remy’s the only option, his and Chelsea’s demands’ll go up.

    Might it turn out we’ll be be hearing we couldn’t get him over the line’? They’ll not mention his demands for fear of being accused of penny-pinching.

  • 17 2 goals 1 cup // Jan 27, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    lesh we should have just gone for pato at the start of the window instead of remy offered him some massive bonus if he kept us up the guys got pace is a poacher and massive technical ability can play LM CF RM got every think that we need right now

  • 18 optimistic prime // Jan 27, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    Our toon

    Remy definatley isn’t the player from a cpl seasons ago. At best I think we’ll buy a striker now. They’ll make do until end of season, don’t forget Willo and Saylor will be back soon

  • 19 brklyngeordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 3:11 AM

    Who says this guy is the only option?

    Listen I can’t deny Remy was a good player when here but also proved multiple times could care less for the club so why do we want him when we have our backs on the wall and need someone who is willing to give us their all?

    Let me throw out some other options and I know they may not be the names that will get some on here excited but they are other options Berahino,Bamford,Gayle,Caicedo,Gomis,Rhodes,Lasogga,Dost etc. so yes there are other options whether or not Charnley and Carr have anything more then a plan A,B or C is a different story

  • 20 Reyantoon // Jan 27, 2016 at 3:55 AM

    So far, good transfer window.With the further addition of Townsend and a striker,we should definitely improve.If McLaren can’t utilize them & take as up the table, I’ll hang him myself in his own roof top.No more excuses.Yes Remy looked a bit sluggish at the Arsenal game.That could be due to a number of factors like coming from injury,unfit..etc but
    the last time I saw him in Leicester game,he looked sharp and hungry. Dealing his loan service and acquiring a better striker in the summer will be a good move.
    brklyngeordie – from your list,Lassoga & Caicedo sounds good to me.I watched both of them couple of times and both are in good form in their respective clubs.The problem is they may need time to adapt in PL and we are running out of time.That’s why the board is concentrating on PL proven players.For next season though,one or both can be good additions to the squad in place of some.I can’t think of safe and better option than Remy at this moment.

  • 21 JDdubai // Jan 27, 2016 at 4:16 AM


    The key is we need a CF who will hit the ground running and which name on the list is the safets bet to scoring goals straight away in the PL without needing time to adjust?

    Remy is the most likely to give a return this season for me, been there, upto speed already and knows the PL. All of the others have a higher risk attached and in our position we need the player most likely to be able to start scoring against Everton.

    At least a loan until the summer and then we can look longer term if we stay up.

  • 22 JDdubai // Jan 27, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    Also Remy should be motivated if he comes here, it may not be specifically for us but he will need to play well and score goals to get in the Euros squad for France so indirectly he will need to deliver while here.

  • 23 Reyantoon // Jan 27, 2016 at 4:33 AM

    Saying that, Lacazatte is a dream move if that happens.Instead of wasting 20m on Berahino,
    better spend it on Lacazatte.Trusted sources like The Telegraph were saying he wants to come.Aulas and Levy are same kind of directors – stubborn and greedy.If Charnley put that 20m on his table,he’ll kiss his hand and snap it without thinking twice!

  • 24 brklyngeordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:16 AM

    I understand the trust you have in Remy scoring but the man is a snake sorry but I dont forget easily and same for Ashley although spending cash this window is good still a snake

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:36 AM

    I still think we have under cooked it again this window. We haven’t had our priorities straight…again!

    What a surprise!

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    Morning Ron… 😉

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    There are a lot of causes for concern on the Remy deal. His fitness, his attitude, interest from Russia, Chelsea wanting one in before he leaves. If this truly is our only remaining option then there has been a huge error in judgement from the board.

    He has played just 177 minutes this season, and hasn’t been playing Under 21 either, so very little game time and could take 3 or 4 games just to be anywhere near starting fitness. Last time he was here, once things turned sour in terms of results, he played just 6 of the last 15 games, suspension, niggly injury and then just saying he didn’t want to play our final match. Is that really what everyone wants to pin their hopes on?

    One of the Moscow clubs have been linked this window, Remy’s agent will know how real the interest is, and if there is a hint they could move for him this window I’m sure the mercenary will hold out for the Roubles on offer there. Their window goes on much longer than ours at this time of year, so Remy is in no rush on this one.

    Plus point he has played here, knows the area, and knows a number of the players. Not convinced I’d want him, particularly now we have Townsend who is likely to fill the space on the left of the attack.

    There were reports I read saying that Afobe was our main strike target this window, but we were waiting to bring him in as they didn’t see any competition for him so thought they could bide their time. Then in pop Bournemouth and the deal is done within 48 hours and Newcastle didn’t react quick enough.

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    Good luck to Shane Ferguson at Millwall, never good enough for the Prem, but always gave it his all when he played. Hope he does enough to secure his place at the Euro’s! Will be a massive high point for his career!

  • 29 Ron Knee // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Morning jesper

    I think most people could see we didn’t do nearly enough last summer to address the problems – except Charmless, of course!

  • 30 Ron Knee // Jan 27, 2016 at 5:58 AM


    I was underwhelmed by Rémy’s contributions last weekend.

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Yeah, he looked completely off the pace. Has done the last few times I’ve seen him. I’m not as convinced he will hit the ground running, and given the amount he has played and his injury record, it would be a risk to throw him straight into a starting berth. High chance of him pulling something and leaving us back to square 1.

    At the same time, I struggle to think of a fix now that would guarantee goals for us, and struggle to see where a striker fits unless they are able to also offer the hold up play and creating chances for others as Mitro has.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    Daily Mail reporting that the only way we get Remy is to stump up £12million…. Daily Mail so likely not even worth reading mind.

    Still, if Chelsea know we are desperate, and they bring in a replacement plus have Bamford back and Solanke nearing first team for next season then why shouldn’t they look to sell rather than loan.

  • 33 Ron Knee // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:22 AM


    It smacks of desperation – the gambler’s last throw of the dice.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    I think we either need to trust what we have (incredibly risky) or break the bank for a player that we want who can hit the ground running, doesn’t have to be Prem proven, but they would need to be top drawer and 26/27/28. Experienced enough to be able to come straight in, and young enough to give us a good few years on the investment.

    Get it done now, before the weekend so they have time to integrate before the Everton match. If Remy and Chelsea want to hang on to the bitter end, then we look elsewhere. Take it or leave it.

    Who that could be, and whether they would want to come to a club in our position are problems that our football board need to find solutions for as they undercooked it in the summer leaving us in this vulnerable position where teams are happy to take advantage of our cash and desperation.

  • 35 Ron Knee // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:49 AM


    They might have to bet the farm now. They’ll have looked at the quality in the Championship and calculated that we won’t bounce back up like last time.

  • 36 will die for the toon army // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Lillongwe and all the elders here.

    Who could be the best striker for us?

    Remy – Rusty now he will have to adjust for sometime which we arent ready for.

    Lacazete – Good but has to get used for EPL so its 50/50 success

    Berahino – I have never been sure of him and jst like Mitrovic pressure at Westbrom os different from the one at WBA and 30m they must b joking

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Difficult to say if we would bounce back up. Depends who goes, who stays, who comes in. On balance I’d probably just about back us to come straight up again. Hull and Burnley are both right up there and have poorer squads.

  • 38 Toonfan8 // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    If Lacazette, Remy don´t want to come and WBA want 30M for Berahino, we should go for Batshuayi, J.Hernandez, Abel Hernandez or somebody in form now…

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Will Die,
    Out of the 3 I think Berahino is the best option when considering the short and long term. £30million is way overpriced, but it isn’t our money, and if we have released the financial shackles that have held us back the last few years then we don’t need to worry about money being spent in one place and not another.

    In reality though, none of them convince me as Bera needs to get fit as well, plus I’d have looked to play him wide left of Mitro, but we have Townsend for that now so I’d probably look at a more experienced goalscorer, whether from the Prem or abroad doesn’t matter. Experience at the top level is experience.

    Remy at £12million is also overpriced, as is Lacazette at £25million. Clubs are going to see we are desperate, and we are going to have to pay over the odds. We have done for Townsend, and probably on balance did for Shelvey.

    I said in the summer that if we didn’t get it right then, we would be forced to pay over the odds now. It is how it works, and the club should have realised this and got those extra couple of signings that would have us comfortable and not in desperate need at this stage.

    Thankfully, the club have been willing to overpay, which hasn’t been the case in the past. Probably something to do with a bumper TV deal, but the reasons don’t matter to me, as long as we do it.

  • 40 Nufc-83 // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Our toon I think you are wrong in that Perez could not play as a central striker. He is probably the best in the team at receiving the ball to feet in tight spaces and dribbling out so instead of lumping it up just play it up to him in space or to his feet and the ball will stick. He also runs the channels so when the full back advances he can drag the CB wide and if the ball is cleared down the line he will win the majority of the race with the CB and be in lots of space. Perez plays very much like Suarez (only a million miles off obviously) and he plays central role very well. You don’t always need to be a big brute to play the role!

    Also mo that home team is just plain stupid.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    We have undercooked it this window as well…it’s not just the summer!

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Leading goalscorers championship
    worth a punt ????

    1 Andre Gray Burnley 17
    2 Abel Hernández Hull City 15
    2 Ross McCormack Fulham 15
    3 Alan Judge Brentford 12
    4 Nick Blackman Derby County 11
    4 Fernando Forestieri Sheffield Wednesday 11
    5 Jordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers 10

    Maybe a decet option for the TOON

  • 43 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 27, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Andre Gray is the only one I’d look at seriously, and he can’t play for another club until next season. Blackman also couldn’t play, as he has only just joined Derby from Reading.

    Judge is a left sided midfielder, we have just got Townsend for that role, Forestieri plays the same role as Gini mainly at Wednesday.

    McCormack is at his level in my opinion, good in the Championship but not good enough to step up. Nobody seems willing to take a chance on Rhodes, which begs the question why – a possibility though. Rumours are Boro have lodged a bid for him of around £11million.

    Can’t see Hernandez being available as Hull will not want to derail their promotion chase with such little time to replace him.

  • 44 mad-serb // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Leading goalscorers championship

    Has to be Jordan Rhodes, he has a proven scoring record everywhere and could be the perfect foil for Mitrovic which is the type of striker we are looking for.

    The question is what is our formation going to be going forward. Rhodes big problem is that he cannot play as a main striker alone and with the premiere league over the last couple of years set up has been 4 3 3 or 4 5 1. those systems dont work for him. he is a 3 5 2 or 4 4 2 formation player and if we decide to play those formations now and forseable future then his my pick. If not they I will pass.

    He is one of the best finisher inside the box in this country.

  • 45 Jamesnufc94 // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Andre gray is not available as hes already played for two teams this season

  • 46 Jamesnufc94 // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    and how much would he cost if Burnley payed 10million in the summer?I don’t think so for a shite championship striker

  • 47 mactoon // Jan 27, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    According to the French press Lacazette is the only striker left at his club so there is no way he will come and the way this football board operate I doubt they have enough time left to go for anyone else.

    After missing out on Austin, Remy on loan should be the first priority. He doesn’t want to sign but he wants to play in the Euros so needs first team football which he will get from us. We know he scores Premiership goals so it’s no risk. Pay his wages, give him bonus per goal and look to get another striker, if not now, in the summer

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