Newcastle United are set to lose one striker to Arsenal but could gain another.
While Loic Remy has reportedly agreed terms with the Gunners, Nicklas Bendtner could take the Frenchman’s place at St James’ Park.
There will be no swap deal because Remy was only on loan at Newcastle from Queens Park Rangers, while Bendtner is out of contract. Remy was Newcastle’s top-scorer last season with 14 goals in 29 appearances, although there were question marks about his attitude towards the end of his loan.
It was pretty clear from early on Remy would not be returning for a second season. His form marked him out as a player worthy of an even bigger stage and it seemed inevitable he would join a Champions League club.
Arsenal have long been looking for a striker to provide competition to Olivier Giroud and Remy showed when he joined QPR over Newcastle in January 2013 his willingness to go wherever the best financial deal took him.
Remy will be difficult to replace and it is hard to see former Sunderland loanee Bendtner being able to but, with Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi also leaving, Alan Pardew needs back-up strikers too.
Papiss Cisse is the only senior striker on the club’s books.
Bendtner would provide the Premier League experience Pardew is keen to add, while as a 26-year-old available on a free transfer he meets Mike Ashley’s requirements.
He will have to take a significant wage cut to meet with the owner’s approval, but it is hard to see anyone matching the Dane’s Arsenal salary next season. Bendtner scored eight goals in 25 Premier League starts on loan at Sunderland in 2011-12, including a penalty in front of Newcastle’s Gallowgate End.
His talent has never been in question but he has seemed incapable of consistently making the most of it, which is why he only started one league game in his final season with the Gunners.
Meanwhile, Steven Taylor’s agent says his client will not be leaving this summer, despite a frustrating season. “I can confirm I’ve had talks to several clubs in regards to Taylor,” said Jonathan Hope. “A lot of interest and great opportunities but I will state now Steven Taylor is going nowhere. He is contractually obliged to Newcastle United and he wants to play for the club he loves. Despite media reports Steven Taylor and myself are not interested in talking to anyone else. Our focus is fighting for a place in Alan Pardew’s plans.
“We are not looking to leave Newcastle and hopefully this will end speculation over his future.”
QPR and Crystal Palace were both linked with Taylor. The centre-back was sent off on the opening match of the season at Manchester City and only started eight more Premier League matches.
Taylor’s decision to stay will further reduce Australia defender Curtis Good’s chances of breaking into Newcastle’s side after missing out on this summer’s World Cup with a hip flexor problem.
“If it doesn’t happen this year we’ll look for another loan and go from there,” said Good of his desire to add to his solitary League Cup appearance for Newcastle. “I’m always improving, every loan I’ve had, I feel like I’ve improved and experienced new things.”
Good has been on loan at Bradford City and Dundee United.