Newcastle eye England veteran as Remy replacement

Newcastle are ready to move for veteran striker Darren Bent as they plan for life without Loic Remy, according to reports from The Express.

Keeping the on-loan Frenchman has long been the Magpies’ priority, but with the QPR-owned man’s form having been so impressive over the last season – 14 goals in 24 starts – doing so now looks impossible.

Everton, Tottenham, and Arsenal are all watching the forward, with reports suggesting that the latter two are in contact with his representatives.

As a result Newcastle are starting to look elsewhere, and have targeted Bent.

The veteran hit-man is set to be on the lookout for a new club after suffering relegation with loan side Fulham last term.

Aston Villa are desperate to offload him, and are likely to take a gigantic hit in the £24m they paid for his services in 2011.

The 30-year-old possesses a wealth of Premier League experience after representing Charlton, Tottenham and Sunderland in a career, which has yielded 106 top-flight goals.

Newcastle are set for a big summer of transfer activity, with Alan Pardew having revealed that multiple signings are in the pipeline.