French international heading to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United’s pursuit of Marseille striker Loic Remy is close to a conclusion with the French international set to agree terms over a move to St James’ Park.
Manager Alan Pardew has been tracking Remy since losing Demba Ba to Chelsea earlier this month when the Blues activated a £7.5million release clause in his contract he headed south to join the London club.
QPR threatened to scupper Newcastle’s bid to sign Remy when offering £11million, but the striker refused to hold talks with Harry Redknapp and revealed that he was likely to stay in France and fight for his place at Marseille.
Source: Sky Sports
But it is now understood that Remy is close to agreeing to join Newcastle, despite further interest in the forward from Tottenham, Arsenal, Bundesliga side Schalke and Italian Serie A outfit Napoli.
Remy’s arrival on Tyneside will end the search for a forward to partner Papiss Cisse and will add to a French contingent that includes new signing Mathieu Debuchy and Yahan Cabaye.
A central defender is also a priority for Newcastle boss Pardew with captain Fabricio Coloccini having handed in a transfer request as he wants to move back to Argentina. His departure would leave just Mike Williamson and the injured Steven Taylor as the only centre-backs at the club.
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