Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted to all but giving up on signing Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers on a permanent deal, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
Remy spent last season on loan at St James’ Park, firing 14 Premier League goals for the Toon and becoming a firm favourite with the supporters.
The France international was expected to join Liverpool, only for the deal to collapse at the 11th hour.
That alerted Pardew to the possibility of signing the forward in a deal worth £15million, but the Newcastle boss concedes it looks unlikely to happen.
Newcastle would have to have offered more than the £8.5million Liverpool were set to pay, as Remy has a clause in his contract that would allow him to join a Champions League club for that figure.
Pardew said: “I think he’s had plenty of chances to come to us.
“We made it very clear that we would like to have him and it hasn’t really happened and therefore sometimes you have to say where’s the line drawn for us as a club as we have our own respect and our own professionalism.
“So maybe that one has gone away but like all transfers they’re never, ever over so we’ll keep our finger on the pulse.”