Marseille insist Remy not for sale

Marseille forward Loic Remy

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has rebuffed reports that striker Loic Remy is set to move to England in the January transfer window.

Remy is reportedly a target of numerous Premier League clubs but Newcastle United appear to be the front runners according to the English media with Queens Park Rangers and West Ham not a million miles behind.

However, good finances and Joey Barton in his ear may convince Remy and Marseille not to jump the gun.

Alan Pardew is on the look out for a top striker as it appears Demba Ba’s days at St James’ Park may be numbered and the French international may be the perfect replacement.

The 25-year-old has not been a regular in the Marseille starting line up this season and that has affected his international selection, so a move abroad may suit the player.

However, Labrune has claimed that he wants to keep the highly rated forward.

“I’m not looking for a way out for Loic,” Labrune told Le Parisien as reported by Sky Sports.

“I like him, and I know his potential.

“Our finances are healthy.

“I don’t have to sell this winter, we’re rather in a position to buy one or two players to help continue the best start to a season the club has made in nearly 20 years.”