Alan Pardew has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will make an imminent move for Loic Remy.
Newcastle United’s manager even described any potential deal as being “straightforward” if both player and QPR were amenable to a transfer.
Liverpool are now said to have dropped all interest in the 27-year-old Frenchman who failed a medical at the weekend having agreed a £8.5million deal with the Anfield club.
So he is up for grabs – it is unlikely Remy will remain at Loftus Road – and in many ways, St James’ Park is the ideal location for him.
Asked directly about Remy in a BBC interview, Pardew said: “It’s a straightforward deal if Loic and QPR decide to do business with us.” Pardew backed this up by listing the player’s achievements with Newcastle last season.
He said: “The results speak for themselves. The fans loved him and I think it’s a great place for him personally.
“There is a lot of baggage in the way at the moment because of what happened at Liverpool, and the fact he has a parent club in QPR.
“But I wouldn’t say we’re not interested in him, of course we would be.”
The baggage Pardew spoke about is real enough, although it is again worth stating that Remy may not have many better options than Newcastle.
The club want to sign one more striker and while Lyon’s highly-rated Alexandre Lacazette remains a target, it is understood that is close to signing a new deal with the French club.
Pardew has brought in six signings so far this summer in forwards Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere, midfielders Jack Colback, Remy Cabella and Siem De Jong plus defender Daryl Janmaat.
One more striker and, if possible, another central defender would take a good squad to the verge of being a great one.
The manager has been pleasantly surprised by how some of his fringe/young players have performance in pre-season so far, which gives him a far stronger squad going into the new season.
And if he could land Remy, who for all his troubles is a fine player with an excellent goal-scoring record, this summer transfer window would be viewed as a resounding success.
Newcastle fly to Germany today where they will play Malaga and Schalke 04 over the weekend.
Pardew revealed that while Cabella may get to wear the jersey for the first time, two of those who were given time off for the World Cup will not play.
He said: “I think Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat are the only two who won’t play, but they will come in and everybody will be together (in Germany).
“I expect to have a strong side at Huddersfield on Tuesday.”