The Sunday newspapers brought an interesting rumour for Newcastle United fans, as Arsenal are linked with a move for on-loan striker Loic Remy.

Remy has enjoyed a fruitful spell at St James’ Park since joining on a season’s loan from Queens Park Rangers and is the Magpies’ top scorer with 13 goals.

It was expected that the player and Newcastle would have talks over a permanent move in the January transfer window but nothing materialised – how much that had to do with Joe Kinnear we’re not sure – and Remy will certainly attract attention when the window reopens in July.

According to the Sunday People, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has discovered that Remy has an £8m release clause in his contract at QPR, meaning he can potentially steal Remy away from Newcastle in the summer.

If that is the case, it’s another example of a release clause causing Newcastle problems, as it was the same type of condition that allowed Demba Ba to join Chelsea in January 2013.

One would assume Remy would be interested if Arsenal came calling, too. Champions League football is something that would turn the Frenchman’s head and a genuine chance of winning silverware could excite the former Marseille striker.

Of course QPR would hope they could hang on to the man who scored six goals in 13 games for them at the end of their relegation season, but their hands are tied once anyone agrees to meet the release clause, as Newcastle know all too well.