Cheick Tiote has called on the Newcastle United board to sign the club’s new goal hero Loic Remy as soon as possible.
Remy has made an instant impact at St James’ Park with five goals in four games and The Journal understands the club are now considering trying to broker a permanent deal in January to avoid any other Premier League clubs trying to tempt him away at the end of the season.
They were able to secure a cut-price deal for Hatem Ben Arfa by signing him midway through his season-long loan deal and the club have been encouraged by comments made on international duty with France in which Remy has paid tribute to Newcastle for helping him to get back into Didier Deschamps’ plans.
It would involve writing off a sizeable loan fee but the club would see it as an investment given Remy’s obvious ability.
Whatever they try to do, Remy has already won over the Newcastle dressing room, with Tiote now talking hopefully of securing him on a permanent basis.
The Ivorian midfielder believes if the striker continues to fire on all cylinders his goals will give Newcastle the platform to make a tilt for the top ten.
He said: “Loic is very important for us. He’s a great player and he scored two fantastic goals.
“I hope he will continue to score because we need him and we need his goals – they are so important for us and at Cardiff they were the difference between winning and losing.
“He’s going to be important for us this season and if he continues to score and play like he did we will be able to finish in the top ten.
“I hope the chairman will buy him. You never know, but he’s already shown how important he is for us and it would be a big loss if he didn’t sign at the end of the season.”
Tiote has jetted off to Abidjan for his country’s pivotal World Cup play-off fixture against Papiss Cisse’s Senegal but he does so with one eye on Newcastle’s fortunes, which were boosted by the weekend defeat of Cardiff. United’s win lifted the atmosphere ahead of the fortnight’s break but they will have to re-focus minds when they return given that they face top-of-the-table Liverpool at St James’ Park before a crucial derby trip to Sunderland.
Such is Newcastle’s schizophrenic form, it is impossible to predict the outcome of either game and Tiote is left hoping the Cardiff win will “kick-start” their season.
He added: “The first game was really difficult and we were nowhere near as good as we can play.
“After we came back and won but then lost another two games.
“To beat Cardiff was so important for us and I hope we will continue to do the same.
“I think this result could kick-start our season.
“It will be good for the players, because we will go away with a good feeling and come back in a positive mood.
“The run we had made it even more important we got a result. Liverpool isn’t going to be an easy game. We have a bit of time to rest and prepare for a very hard game.”
Cisse and Tiote are close but he will not be sparing his friend when they face each other this weekend.
He said: “I hope it will be the same story for us because everyone wants to play in a World Cup.
“It is a big game for both countries and Papiss is a dangerous striker, but we have to concentrate on our own game and get through.”