Mar 10, 2014, 8:35 AM EST
Loic Remy has been banging in the goals for Newcastle United all season in the Premier League.
But soon his loan move from English Championship club Queens Park Rangers will be over, and Newcastle will face stiff opposition to keep the lethal French international at St. James’ Park.
With Remy’s release clause reportedly set at £8 million ($12 million) a whole host of PL teams, most notably Arsenal, are sniffing around for his signature.
Bargain hunting for next season has started early.
Remy, 27, has scored 13 goals in 22 games for the Magpies this season and after joining QPR’s relegation battle back in January 2013 he’s scored 19 goals in 35 PL appearances.
Needless to say, with a strike rate of more than one goal per game, Arsenal and Newcastle are set to battle it out for Remy’s signature on a permanent basis. With QPR in severe financial issues and looking to offload as many players as they can, as the struggle for promotion from the Championship continues, Rangers are willing to negotiate a deal for Remy. Newcastle would love to keep Remy on board and it seems as though the French striker is enjoying life on Tyneside with his vast number of countrymen at his side. However Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has previously stated that the Magpies may not be able to afford Remy, which has made Arsenal and other PL clubs sit up and take notice.
But if Arsene Wenger and Arsenal come calling, especially given the fact that the Gunners should be able to offer UEFA Champions League soccer next season, it’s hard to see Remy turning down a move to the Emirates over staying at Newcastle. Plus Remy would get plenty of minutes off the bat, as Olivier Giroud has had a bit of burnout after being the main man up top all season, and young French striker Yaya Sanogo plus Nicklas Bendtner are the only other forward options for Wenger.
A move to Arsenal from QPR seems like it would suit everyone.
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