Newcastle United will likely complete the signing of Marseille striker Loic Remy within the next 48 hours after agreeing an £8 million fee with his club, according to the BBC.
The 26-year old French forward was on Tyneside yesterday for contract talks and a medical and manager Alan Pardew will hope the deal is complete by the middle of the week.
The Magpies were in desperate need of a new striker after top goalscorer Demba Ba departed to Chelsea earlier in the month and Remy has been linked with the club for weeks, though landing his signature has proven to be a long and drawn out saga for Pardew.
QPR were supposedly interested with Harry Redknapp even traveling to France to watch the player in action, but Remy rejected his advances.
Newcastle however are confident that they have finally signed the player, who was left out of Marseille’s squad to face Sochaux on Sunday.
Newcastle’s lack of potency in front of goal has been evident of late, particularly in the goalless draw against Norwich on Saturday.
With the Magpies only two points above the relegation zone, they quickly need to get their season back on track, and Remy could be the man to help achieve that, who becomes Pardew’s second winter signing after the purchase of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille.
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This article was first posted on January 14, 2013