Newcastle set for double swoop

The club don’t have time on their hands

Alan Pardew looks set to bolster Newcastle’s attacking options for the coming season, with rumoured moves for Darren Bent and Loic Remy, according to Sky Sports.

Bent and Remy reportedly head up a shortlist of five players to help propel the Toon Army away from another Premier League relegation scrap next season.

The Magpies boss believes the team has become over-reliant on Papiss Cisse for goals, particularly since Demba Ba’s departure to Chelsea at the turn of the year.

Pardew told the Northern Echo: “Both of those players are on our list. I make no bones about that.

“We do need two strikers. Last year, I didn’t think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team.”

Bent will be eager for move away, after enduring a torrid time under Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

He has been unable to live up to the £18million price tag since arriving from Sunderland in January 2011 and has played second fiddle to Belgian sensation, Christian Benteke last season.

But a move for Bent may no longer be so straightforward, after the 22-year-old recently stated his intention to leave Villa Park.

Remy was a January target for the Tyneside club, but opted for a more financially lucrative move to QPR instead in an £8m deal.

As Harry Redknapp prepares Rangers for life in the Championship, Remy is now available and could form part of a swap deal with injury-troubled Toon defender, Steven Taylor.

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