Alan Pardew says that he has not given hope of keeping Loic Remy at the Newcastle for next season.
The France international has spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at St James’ Park from QPR, and is widely being tipped for another big switch in the coming months.
Tottenham are rumoured to be in negotiations with Remy, while pictures of the player in the crowd at the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal take on West Brom have fuelled talk of a move to the Gunners.
The 27-year-old has already admitted that he sees himself at a team battling for European qualification, but despite their underwhelming second half of the season Pardew says that Newcastle haven’t lost hope of keeping the forward:
“I think we’ve got to give the fans and club a lift in the summer by recruiting well, and hopefully we can do that.” He is quoted by The Express.
“It’s obvious that we need to recruit offensive players that are good enough for Newcastle and that’s what we’re going to focus on.
“We’re not completely resigned (on Remy), we’re working hard to keep him.
“He has been an important part of our season – if you take him away, we’ll need to replace him for sure. We lost (Yohan) Cabaye in the Christmas period and that has been difficult for us.”
Remy is likely to command a fee of around £15m, and QPR chief Harry Redknapp has already hinted that he’s likely to be sold even if his side gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.