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Newcastle still hopeful despite growing interest in Remy
LOIC REMY’S blistering start to life at Newcastle United has led to Champions League interest in the Frenchman – but Alan Pardew thinks St James’ Park could still be his home next season.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are among the Premier League clubs keeping an eye on his situation, while it is understood there are also other big clubs from abroad keen.
Remy has hit five goals in his last three appearances for Newcastle since moving on a season-long from Queens Park Rangers to remind domestic and foreign suitors of his quality.
Pardew has claimed there is scope for a permanent deal with an additional £6m fee agreed on top of the £2m loan fee, although the player’s lucrative weekly pay packet at Loftus Road would be one of the hurdles to overcome.
Remy opted for QPR last January rather than a move to Newcastle when he was offered more money despite the fact Harry Redknapp’s team sat bottom of the Premier League.
Redknapp has already admitted he does not want Remy back next season even if QPR clinch an immediate return to the top-flight following a campaign in the Championship.
Pardew is well aware of the interest in the France international and that will only increase if he continues to hit the high levels of performance he has so far on Tyneside.
“Loic’s a player who has done terrific for us and a player that we’ll perhaps look at going forward to bring to the club on a permanent basis,” said Pardew. “There is (something in place for him) but it’s complicated and I can’t really go into that in too much detail, but what I would say about him is that he’s given us what we didn’t have last year.
“That is a striker who can play, build the game and finish. As you’re seeing with the goals he’s rattling in here, he’s got a nice manner about him, he’s comfortable with our group, he has a confidence to play for Newcastle and that isn’t easy, so we’ve been very pleased with him.”
Without Remy’s impressive outings, Newcastle’s position is likely to be far worse than the mid-table placing currently occupied ahead of this Saturday’s visit of Liverpool.
A failure to add another forward to Pardew’s squad before the transfer window closed on September 2 has meant greater onus has been placed on the out-of-sorts Papiss Cisse than should have been.
The lack of alternative options in the attacking third has meant Cisse has retained his place despite going 13 Premier League matches without finding the net.
“Papiss is a strange player to coach at times because he's a little bit off the cuff,” said Pardew. “In training I haven't seen a massive difference in him but on a Saturday his finishing is off key.
“He will score goals because he's still scoring them in training but he's having a run that is concerning for the manager, for the club and for Papiss - more importantly. We've got players who are creating chances so hopefully he will take one.”
It remains to be seen whether Remy and Cisse will be still part of the Newcastle attack next season – when full-back Ryan Taylor finally hopes to make a return to action.
Taylor is recovering from rupturing ankle ligaments twice in a year. To help with the rehabilitation process, Pardew has given the defender a scouting role to keep his mind active.
“Ryan is a long, long way away. It's a shame. Two years out of football is mind-bending for a professional footballer,” said Pardew. “With that in mind we've got him on our scouting team to just keep him focused on the game and to keep him interested.
“It's worked well actually. He goes and sees a game and comes in our dressing room and gives a player's perspective. He says ‘You can get at him, he's a little bit weak on the turn'. Fair play to him.
“He comes and gives a report to our analysts who prepare a report for us. He gives us a different view, which is nice. The most important thing for him is to play. He's got a long way to go, he's probably got the rest of this year injured.”
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