Newcastle United will be tempted to make a move for Loic Remy in the wake of the striker’s move to Liverpool collapsing.
An £8.5million deal was agreed between QPR and last season’s Premier League runners-up, but the 27-year-old failed a medical during the Merseyside club’s tour of the United States.
It has emerged an unspecified problem surfaced in the routine health check-up and, after two days deliberating, Liverpool decided to pull the plug.
The Reds have so far refused to confirm what the problem is.
Unless the injury is serious, and it’s clear Remy does have a problem, Alan Pardew may well see re-signing the Frenchman as the perfect end to what has been a more than satisfactory transfer window.
Common consent among Newcastle supporters is one more striker, specifically a natural goalscorer, is still required even after six signings, four of which are attack-minded players.
Remy, who scored 14 goals on loan last season, would be a superb addition if whatever problem which scuppered his move to Liverpool can be effectively dealt with.
Pardew is a firm fan even if he and the player offered different reasons as to why Remy didn‘t play for United on the final day of last season, ironically against Liverpool.
The manager was forced to defend himself after Remy insisted he had come to an agreement to leave him out the match so he would avoid injury before the World Cup.
Pardew vehemently claimed this was not the case and in fact the player was not fit.
However, Pardew had already forgiven Remy once, as the former Marseille man joined QPR in January 2013 after saying he would sign for Newcastle.
There has been a suggestion Newcastle would need to pay around £15m because the relatively low fee Liverpool were set to fork out came to be so because a clause in his contract meant he could move for a lesser fee if a Champions League club came in for him.
Remy himself stated he only wanted to move to a side who were playing in the Champions League in the upcoming season, but a failed medical, not his first, means Remy has far fewer options than before – although Arsenal have always retained an interest.
QPR may now struggle to obtain the £15m they demanded if the player does have a medical problem.
Remy’s form faded in the second half of the season – a red card at Norwich City ended up being a massive disruption – but when on form he was Newcastle’s best player along with Yohan Cabaye.
He was voted November’s player of the month.