By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

This week looks like the week that will see Newcastle United welcome a new striker to their ranks, as Loic Remy moves a step closer to signing for the Magpies. Newcastle have agreed an £8m fee for the France international and the forward is en route to Tyneside to complete a medical.

It will signal a positive end to a long-running saga for Toon fans, who were initially linked with Remy back in the summer, only for the rumours to fail to materialise. With late speculation about Arsenal being set to hijack the move, fans will be relieved to see Remy choose the North-East over the capital.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp also tried to sabotage the deal with a late effort, but Remy reportedly refused to speak to the R’s manager, presumably down to the fact that the Premier League’s bottom club is not the prime place for Remy to flourish.

Standing over six feet tall, Remy has pace and athleticism to boot and a decent scoring record in France too. The 26-year old has netted 27 times in 68 appearances for Marseille and enjoyed a similarly successful spell with previous club, Nice.

Remy has been capped 17 times by his country and found the net four times and will join Newcastle’s growing French revolution, along with Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and French-speaking pair Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote.

A medical will be undertaken tomorrow and providing there are no unheard of injuries, Remy should be announced as a Newcastle player by midweek. Squad numbers 7, 11 and 19 are the most likely for the new arrival.

One potential worry for Newcastle is Remy’s history including a heart problem, although Marseille discovered the problem when they signed him from Nice. After expert consultation, the player was passed fit to resume his career at a high level.

Remy will be a massive boost to Newcastle fans who feared their club would be priced out of a deal for a top striker and other alternatives were considered. St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is more likely to move for megabucks in the summer, while Remy was the preferred choice over Yoann Gouffran of Bordeaux.

If signed before Thursday, Remy would be available to make his Newcastle debut at home to Reading on Saturday afternoon.

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  1. patterz

    we better get him by tommorow night like and pardew needs to play him on saturday:D


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