Tuesday saw ESPN report that Newcastle have approached Chelsea with a loan offer for Loic Remy.

The West London club waiting for confirmation of Alexandre Pato’s arrival before they allow the unwanted French international to leave this window, whether to Newcastle or wherever.

With Crystal Palace having brought in Emmanuel Adebayor until the end of the season, the way looked clear for Newcastle to be favourites in bringing back Remy for his second loan spell at St James Park.

However, Wednesday morning sees L’Equipe reporting that Leicester City have supposedly offered 10m euros (£7.6m) for the striker, to buy him outright.

If there is substance to that offer then clearly it would blow any loan deal out of the water, not to mention the fact that Leicester City are top of the table and look nailed on to be able to offer Champions League football next season as a minimum.

With the £12m Andros Townsend move due to go through after his medical today, it would appear very unlikely that Mike Ashley would allow an expensive permanent deal to also go through for a striker, even though a potential Alexandre Lacazette transfer has once again come to the fore in the media on both sides of the Channel.

It would look almost impossible to imagine Ashley considering a permanent deal for Loic Remy considering he is 29 and Newcastle don’t even know which division they will be in next season.

On the other hand you can see how this could be a real value for money deal for Leicester City if it helps guarantee Champions League football and gives them that extra few per cent in terms of believing they could just win the title as well.

The season Loic Remy spent at St James Park, is the only one of the last four when Newcastle haven’t ended up in a relegation battle.

Despite no permanent signings being made that season, on-loan Loic Remy scored 14 goals to help Newcastle finish in 10th position, though there was a second half of the season collapse after Yohan Cabaye left.

With Loic Remy himself not looking too keen on playing once his international colleague had left, making only five more Premier League starts after Cabaye’s departure, having started 19 when the pair were together in the first half of the season.

In 18 months at Stamford Bridge, Loic Remy has only started seven Premier League matches (and 22 sub appearances), scoring eight goals.

Whether he still harbours hopes of appearing in this summer’s Euros in France is open to question but with no international football for France since Autumn 2014, he desperately needs regular club football to stand any chance of making the squad.