Newcastle United have negotiated an option to buy Loic Remy in the loan agreement struck with Queens Park Rangers over the summer.
Remy has made a sensational impact at St James’ Park since making his close season move from West London and scored twice as Newcastle fell to defeat against Hull.
It built on a fine full debut against Aston Villa and was further justification of United’s long pursuit of the striker.
The Journal understands that, while United will steer clear of publicly declaring their intentions on Remy, the club view the deal as more than just a season-long loan deal and made provision in the initial deal to broker a permanent move in the summer if it suits all parties.
A fee has been pre-agreed and United would have first option to buy if both the player and Newcastle want to make the deal permanent.
That is standard practice for Newcastle with every loan deal they negotiate and would put United in pole position in the summer – although it would not be a guarantee the deal would be done.
Joe Kinnear’s programme notes over the weekend name-checked QPR and have been interpreted in some quarters as an admission the player will go back to Loftus Road if Harry Redknapp manages to lead his team back into the top flight.
However, it is more a case of the club wanting to be respectful towards the player’s parent club and they do not feel it is appropriate to be pushing the prospects of a permanent deal.
Before concluding a deal in the summer United wanted to assess the desire of the player to make a success of his move to the North East but those questions have been blown away by his immediate impact at St James’ Park.
United will be looking to repair the damage of the Hull City defeat against Leeds tomorrow night and Remy may be rested, with Shola Ameobi in line for a recall if he recovers from a knock.
Fabricio Coloccini revealed there was an angry reaction in the dressing room after the club let victory slip through their fingers. He sasid: “If we want to be serious about being in the top 10 or look to bigger things or be a big team in the Premier League we have to start to take the chances we have.
“If not we are going to have problems. We do not want to be like we were last season.
“So we have to look at our mistakes and keep going. When we have chances to beat teams like Hull we have to take them.
“We have to learn. Now we have to look to Leeds, get the win and go through in the cup.”
Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa has said he is “100 per cent” committed to Newcastle despite interest from French clubs in the summer.
United’s playmaker was linked with Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain and Monaco over the close season but has always maintained he wanted to stay on Tyneside.
Ben Arfa said: “There was contact this summer but what was important was to stay in Newcastle.
“The club has confidence in me, I need to take a lot of experience.
“Here there is everything you need.”