Pardew eyeing permanent Newcastle deal for Remy

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is hoping to sign striker Loic Remy, currently on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, on a permanent basis, the Metro has reported.

Remy was close to joining Newcastle in January, but late in the negotiations he decided to join QPR to aid their Premier League survival bid. Despite scoring six goals in 14 games, he could not prevent the West London club from relegation to the Championship, and he was allowed to make the move to St. James’ Park in the summer as Newcastle’s only signing.

He began the season sidelined by injury, but since then he has made a highly impressive start to the season, scoring five goals in just three games, including both in Saturday’s 2-1 victory away to Cardiff City, Newcastle’s first win in three Premier League games.

As a result, Pardew is hoping to secure Remy’s services for the long-term. He said: “I wish he had joined in January. I still remember the night clearly when we thought we had done the deal. We had a nice glass of wine, gave ourselves a nice, hearty, warm handshake and the next day he wasn’t there.

But sometimes in life you have to wait. If you wait long enough it comes around. We are really pleased to have him. He is a player on our books and we are pleased to have him, but at the moment he is a QPR player.

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