Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confessed that keeping Loic Remy on a permanent basis my be dependent on offering him a lucrative contract.
The French striker is currently enjoying a season-long spell in the North East from QPR and has been one of the club’s most impressive performers.
For some time there has been speculation that the Magpies are ready to take him on a full-time basis, but interest from Arsenal in particular has led to speculation that they may be unable to do so.
It is understood that a deal is in place to take Remy, but Pardew says that offering the forward a lucrative contract may be the deciding factor:
“I don’t think it will come down to how much he loves the club, or what we think we can get here in terms of better players of Champions League football, it will be about the finances as well. That is a big part.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“Rooney is an example of that – he was definitely going to leave, and now he is not.
“Of course I want him to stay. I have enjoyed working with him. I have to say he is an easy guy to work with. Most strikers can be difficult in terms of their mood swings, kind of ‘out-there’ characters, a bit left field.
“Like all strikers, he wants to achieve the best scenario he can for himself. I suspect that will be international football and Champions League.”
Remy joined QPR in January 2013 in a shock deal as the Super Hoops set about spending big to avoid relegation.
However, despite impressing he was unable to prevent them from dropping to the Championship, and quickly left to return to the top tier on loan.