Newcastle have contacted Chelsea regarding a loan deal for Loic Remy, according to reports on Tuesday afternoon.

ESPN say that their information is that Newcastle have now made their first concrete move to try and bring the French international back to St James Park for a second loan spell.

With Crystal Palace now said to be now concentrating on bringing in either Adebayor or Bendtner, ESPN say that Newcastle are now favourites to bring in Loic Remy.

The season the French international 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.

Remy’s spell at Newcastle ended in some controversy, with the player admitting he’d struck a deal with Alan Pardew that he wouldn’t play away at Liverpool in the last match of the season despite being fit.

The reason being that he wanted to ensure he wouldn’t be injured ahead of the Brazil World Cup.

ESPN say that their sources indicate that the striker is keen on a  return to Newcastle and that now the Magpies have made their approach, the way will be clear for a move once Alexandre Pato’s deal to join Chelsea is completed.

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.

With the transfer of £12m Andros Townsend due to go through in the next day or two, it would look likely that Mike Ashley’s preference must be a loan deal to try and add more goals to the forward line and Loic Remy must surely be a better bet than most, especially with his versatility to play a more withdrawn role as well as an out and out centre forward.