Newcastle go head to head with Crystal Palace for Loic Remy – Reports
Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are both interested in a move for Loic Remy in January, according to the French media.
The two clubs were linked with the forward in the summer after he made only six Premier League starts in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
However, Loic Remy stayed with Chelsea and has added only one more Premier League start to his collection this season so far, whether Jose Mourinho’s replacement changes that situation remains to be seen.
In France, Le10Sport report that St Etienne have made public that they would like to take the French international on loan in January, with Lille also interested, the latter have also been linked with a loan deal for Emmanuel Riviere.
However, any deal involving a French club would involve Chelsea still paying most of Loic Remy’s wages.
Le10Sport say that Lille and St Etienne would find it all but impossible to compete with Newcastle and/or Crystal Palace if they follow up their interest.
Loic Remy of course played one season at Newcastle United under Alan Pardew, after the infamous 2013/14 summer under Director of Football Joe Kinnear, when Newcastle didn’t buy a single first team player.
The French international arrived injured in a desperate late move by Newcastle to provide some much needed goals after almost being relegated the season before.
After regaining fitness, Remy proved a big success as he scored 14 Premier League goals in 24 starts, plus two appearances as a substitute.
It is also easy to see why any club would be interested in a player of Loic Remy’s ability and versatility, at Newcastle he was just as happy playing a more withdrawn role on the left, as well as through the middle.
However, the final stages of his stay on Tyneside left a bad taste in the mouth after the player revealed after the season ended, that he had made an agreement with Alan Pardew and the club to miss the Liverpool away game, with injury given as an excuse even though he was fit. This being because he didn’t want to risk injury before that summer’s World Cup.
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