Newcastle have finally secured their first signing of the summer, after what seems like months of waiting. Joe Kinnear has done enough to ink the signature of Loic Remy on a season-long loan from QPR.

The France international will pull on a black and white shirt over 6 months later than first thought, as he chose to join the R’s in January of this year, rather than join Newcastle as expected.

It is understood that Newcastle will have the option of buying Remy outright at any time throughout the loan or when it finishes next summer, for a fee believed to be around the £8m mark.

The Magpies have paid £2m for Remy’s services for 12 months.

Remy was arrested on suspicion of rape in May 2013 but was bailed after questioning by police. His court date is in September and could mean a jail term for the 26-year-old. To give Newcastle credit, one would think they’ve taken all this into consideration before making the signing, so it would be an unwelcome surprise if Remy was to be found guilty.

The Geordies remain in the transfer market for another striker and a deal remains on the table for Bafetimbi Gomis, with Lyon remaining stubborn in their negotiations. A move is edging closer though and Gomis seems to fancy the move himself, so the sometime France international could still arrive on Tyneside.

Another name being linked with a move to Newcastle is Stewart Downing. The former Middlesbrough winger is out of favour at Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to let Downing go for £5m. The move is at the early stages as yet and plenty more infamous Joe Kinnear interviews and negotiations are to follow before anything concrete materialises.