Newcastle United have stepped up their pursuit of Loic Remy after reportedly contacting Marseille with a view to signing the striker according to the Guardian.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew is desperate to bolster his attack this summer despite having Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi to choose from next term.
Having missed out on primary target Luuk De Jong, after he left FC Twente to join German side Borussia Monchengladbach, it seems as if the 51-year-old is casting his gaze further afield.
Rumours continue to persist that Andy Carroll will return to his hometown club with the England international said to be yearning for a return to return to Tyneside after a forgettable 18-months at Liverpool.
Pardew has spoken openly of his desire to re-sign Carroll but is now thought to be plotting a shock move for France star Remy with Marseille prepared to cash on the 25-year-old.
The Ligue 1 side rate him at £15-million by the but the St James’ Park hierarchy believe their is scope for negotiation with his contract expiring next year.
Having scored 20 goals in 42 appearances last season Newcastle will face stiff competition for his signature from long-tem admirers Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Remy admitted on Tuesday that he doesn’t know where he will be playing his football next season saying: “I have a contract with Marseille but if the club wants to sell you, there is nothing you can do about that.
“The window closes on August 31, so we have plenty of time.”
Speculation over Ba’s future in the North East has prompted Pardew to step up his hunt for a new forward after it emerged Rubin Kazan were preparing to meet the Senegal international’s £7m release clause that runs out on July 31st.
Turkish side Galatasaray are also thought to be keeping tabs on the 27-year-old’s situation.