Newcastle are set to top-up the £2m loan fee paid to QPR for Hoops forward Loic Remy with the £6m required to make the transfer permanent, in an attempt to steal a march on clubs interested in securing the in-form 26-year-old’s signature at the end of the season.
The former Marseille striker is 9/4 to score for the fourth Premier League game in a row when the Geordies host Liverpool this weekend.
Remy has grabbed five of the Magpies’ last six goals.
Alan Pardew’s side are hardly pulling up trees in the Premier League this season – lying in 11th place after three wins, three losses and a draw in their first seven games – but without their 6ft 1in loanee the situation would be truly dire.
Of the talent on show at St James’ Park in this campaign Yoan Gouffran is the only other centre-forward to get on the scoresheet in the Premier League, with his sole strike so far coming in the 3-2 loss at Everton.
The strikers’ record in England now reads 11 goals in 19 appearances for Newcastle and QPR.
Remy worked as hard as any of Harry Redknapp’s January signings at Loftus Road to keep the R’s in the top flight last season, with six goals in 14 Premier League appearances following his £8m signing from Marseille during the winter transfer window.
He became an instant hero with the Hoops faithful after opening the scoring against West Ham on his debut and is 7/1 to break the deadlock against the Reds next time out.
Newcastle are worried after Remy’s excellent start to his spell at St James’ Park that a top European club could come in for the player.
Pardew and Joe Kinnear thought they had secured the signature of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Borussia Dortmund gazumped their move with a €15m bid for the Gabon striker.
The fear that a Champions League-level club could come in for Remy if the former Lyon youth continues his goalscoring run has prompted the powers that be on Tyneside to bring forward negotiations in the hope of heading off any future transfer headwinds.