North-east side had been hoping to land Ligue 1 attacker.
Newcastle United are to now step up their interest in Queens Park Rangers front man Loic Remy after failing with a bid for Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis, says the Daily Mail.
The Magpies had been hoping to be able to conclude a deal for the highly rated Ligue 1 attacker this week, however, his club have turned down the north-east giants’ final offer of £8 million for the France international, with the Geordies not now expected to return with a second improved bid.
And that means that recently appointed Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear will instead switch his focus back to QPR’s own France international marksman, although the club are said to only be interested in taking the 26-year-old on a season-long loan to St James’ Park in the new campaign, with a view to then signing Remy on a permanent contract next summer if the move proves successful.
The west London club, while desperate to receive a transfer fee for their player, are also equally happy just to remove Remy’s exorbitant salary from their wage bill now that they are in the Championship next season, and so are happy to agree to such a deal for an attacker who netted just six goals in his 14 appearances for the Loftus Road outfit this year.