Alan Pardew believes Newcastle United may have to convince Loic Remy of their Champions League potential to persuade him to stay at St James’ Park.
The France striker has hit 12 goals in 22 games this term to reinforce his reputation as one of the leading marksmen in the division – but Newcastle’s delight at his performances are tempered by knowledge that he is only their player until the end of the season.
Remy will lead the line for the Magpies against Hull today as United attempt to make the most of the momentum generated by their euphoric injury-time winner against Aston Villa.
No matter how well they perform between now and May, a Champions League berth is an implausible dream for a manager who acknowledges that Remy may put that at the top of his list of priorities when he makes his decision on where he will be playing next season.
Pardew is realistic about the prospects of Remy staying – but says Newcastle have a good chance of keeping him.
“He is only a young player, a young striker. Like all strikers he wants to achieve the best scenario he can for himself,” he said.
“I suspect that will be international football and Champions’ League. One of those we can cross off and that is international football. He has been in the squad and he will have a good chance between now and the summer of making the World Cup.
“Champions’ League football is the next one. In the summer that is the bridge that we have to persuade players we can cross. We are now in the market for those type of players, Champions’ League players or those who can get us there. Therefore you are in the market with all the big clubs and it is difficult. I think we can satisfy those needs in Loic but really and truly that is a question for the summer.”
Finances, of course, will be important. Pardew said: “I don’t think it will come down to how much he loves the club, or what we think we can get here in terms of better players of Champions’ League football, it will be about the finances as well. That is a big part. (Wayne) Rooney is an example of that. He was definitely going to leave and now he is not.
“Of course I want him to stay. He is an easy guy to work with. Most strikers can be difficult in terms of their mood swings, goals or not goals. (They can be) quiet, kind of out-there characters, a bit left-field. He is quite a sensible guy, apart from his dress code which is definitely left-field.”
Remy’s own preferences are unclear at the moment. Pardew said: “I just presume he (wants to stay). I don’t really need to ask him.
“In terms of the financial situation they are questions I can’t answer. I know he loves it here and I know he enjoys working with my staff and it is all about flourishing when you get an opportunity.
“I don’t think he flourished half as much at QPR as he has here. Certainly his stock has gone up quite considerably. Sometimes the grass is not always greener as we know.”
Fabricio Coloccini misses today’s game at Hull, returning to Argentina after a family bereavement.