Pardew refuses to comment on permanent Newcastle move for Remy

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has declined to be drawn on the future of striker Loic Remy, Sky Sports has reported, with the Magpies boss insisting the club has to see what the future brings with regards to the on-loan forward.

Remy joined Newcastle on a season-long deal from relegated Queens Park Rangers and has scored eight goals so far this season. But the loan agreement does not include an option for Newcastle to sign the former Marseille player permanently, with Pardew previously conceding that a full-time switch would be a complicated arrangement to make.

Pardew expects the situation to develop as the season goes on and told Northern Echo he did not want to comment now on what promises to be a long-running saga. “I think Loic is going to be an on-going thing,” he said. “We are probably going to be talking about that for a long, long time. I don’t want to start it now.

The manager did add that the position of the team would likely dictate much of Remy’s future, and revealed his belief that a challenge for a top four place is not out of the question. “We go game after game and we’ll try to win a lot of games,” he said. “At the end of the season, we can maybe do the Champions League.

At the moment, we are not focused on that,” Pardew continued. “But we know we have the quality and that we can do it. I am not surprised by the quality of this team.

Newcastle are currently eighth in the Premier League table off the back of a 2-1 home win over Norwich City. It was Newcastle’s third straight league win, following victories over Tottenham Hotspur – at White Hart Lane – and Chelsea.

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