Newcastle United have not given up hope of signing Loic Remy on a permanent deal, according to The Chronicle.

The North-East based newspaper is suggesting Alan Pardew is looking at last season’s top scorer as a solution to his attacking problems for next season. The Magpies only have one senior striker on their books – Papiss Cisse – but he has a serious knee problem and will miss the start of the season.

New signing Siem de Jong is more of an attacking midfielder but Newcastle certainly need investment in attacking areas and Remy may be the number one choice.

The Frenchman has been part of France’s World Cup squad this summer but played a minimal role in Didier Deschamps’ plans as he never made a start in the competition.

A move to Arsenal has long been rumoured but Arsene Wenger seems reluctant to make a move for the QPR forward, so Newcastle could potentially move in.

The news will divide fans on Tyneside as many have questions about Remy’s attitude towards the club. The striker should have signed for Newcastle before joining QPR but made the last minute choice to head for the capital as they were offering more money. Six months later, the R’s were relegated and Remy finally arrived at St James’ Park, where he scored 14 goals last season.

However, the 26-year-old requested to be rested from the match day squad for the final game of last season against Liverpool, something which didn’t go down too well with fans who obviously questioned Remy’s commitment to the club.

Remy and Pardew then both released quotes which gave contrasting reasons for the Frenchman’s absence – the striker saying he asked to be left out and the manager saying Remy was injured – which left a sour taste when Remy’s loan period ended.

As it stands, Remy will head back to QPR for pre-season but isn’t expected to play a competitive game for them again. No one knows where he’ll end up next season but Newcastle still have interest if the price is right.