Newcastle close to completing striker swoop

Loic Remy

Newcastle hope to tie up a loan deal for QPR striker Loic Remy within the next 48 hours, according to The Metro. 

The Magpies are yet to make a significant summer signing, and have so far been left frustrated in their pursuit of various centre forwards.

The club’s new Director of Football Joe Kinnear has come under fire from supporters for the lack of transfer activity, although the Irishman reckons a deal for the French striker is not too far away.

When questioned on the potential signing of Remy, Kinnear said: “Yeah I think very much, so I would like to think we are very, very close to agreeing that.

WI would think maybe Monday or Tuesday we will be a position to say yea or nay, but I am very happy about how that deal is going at the moment.”

Kinnear also answered questions on the club’s pursuit of former Sunderland striker Darren Bent, to which he revealed the club are facing stiff competition in the fight for his signature.

“We were with Darren’s agent for two or three hours, we thrashed out a deal,” he added.

“We are still in negotiations with Aston Villa so there is a really strong possibility there.

“Again I hear the latest is that somebody else has all of a sudden shown interest in the player so we have competition from various clubs around the country, but I am not letting go.

“These are players that me and Alan [Pardew] have spoken about. These are players that we’ve all agreed at the club are the type of player we want to bring to Newcastle.”

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