Alan Pardew admits Newcastle United are still a “long way” from striking a permanent deal for Loic Remy.
Tentative plans were put in place to try and secure Remy on a long-term contract in January but that has not been re-visited by the club, who will now wait until the summer before re-assessing their options.
Remy was terrific as United re-asserted their top-six – or even top- four credentials – at Upton Park.
The United boss said: “The plan was always that he would be on loan for the year and we had a deal with QPR that would be the case.
“We would like to do it permanently but there is a long way until that happens.
“It is not quite as simple as (meeting his release clause) as the player and his agents need to make sure it is right for the player and we have to honour that.
“We have no problem with that and we are talking to him all the time. He played well on Saturday.”
Further good form will inevitably prompt further interest in him, as Pardew admits.
He added: “That is the situation when you take a player on loan and he does as well as he does, but I can’t complain as he has been very professional around us with everything that he has done. He has been scoring goals.”
Newcastle’s win at Upton Park ended a run of four straight defeats Pardew had felt painted a poor picture of what had actually been some decent displays.
As disappointing as the FA Cup defeat against Cardiff was, United played well against both Manchester City and Arsenal without picking up points – and fell away from the Champions League chasing pack.
They won at West Ham and that keeps them in touch with the top six, although they now need to back up the East London victory with a win at Norwich on Tuesday week.
Pardew said: “We have to go on that similar run prior to this past three games.
“I have to say we have played well against Man City and Arsenal and taken nothing from those games. so our form has been pretty good, but we needed to say that with a win.
“It is no good saying you are playing well without backing it up with a win. We won and we take good confidence into the Norwich game.”