Newcastle United hoping to hang on to Arsenal target

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has not given up hope of keeping hold of 27-year old Arsenal target and QPR striker Loic Remy at the club beyond the end of the season. Remy’s loan deal at the Sports Direct Arena expires in the summer, but Pardew wants to persuade the Frenchman to reconsider his future plans.

The Newcastle boss was quoted in the Daily Star as saying, “I think we’ve got a chance of keeping him and because I’m a positive person, I’d like to think it’s a good chance. He’s had a good year here and is a good fit for this club. He wears the famous No.9 shirt and it wears well on him.”

Pardew may be fighting a losing battle though as Remy has clearly set his sights on playing in the Champions League next season, and given that his release clause of 10 million pounds is sure to attract top European clubs including striker shy Arsenal, the Frenchman looks well set to move to a bigger club.

Remy’s 13 goals in 23 games this season have been vital to Newcastle’s cause in helping them stay well clear of relegation this season, but one reckons that Pardew will need to find a new goalscorer next season despite his wishful thinking.

Updated: April 19, 2014 — 10:00 am
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