BOSS Alan Pardew is adamant that Newcastle United can replace Loic Remy – and his goals.
The on-loan France forward ended last season as the Magpies’ 14-goal top scorer.
Newcastle would have been left battling relegation had it not been for his contribution up front.
But Remy will not be back at St James’s Park next term.
The World Cup-bound France international is looking to leave Queens Park Rangers for a Champions League club, with Arsenal and Liverpool among his reported suitors.
Newcastle, set to confirm the capture of 20-year-old Tenerfie forward Ayoze Perez next month, are looking elsewhere for a senior striker.
As ever, however, Newcastle will have to compete against clubs willing to pay more in fees and wages.
Asked about the likely difficult of replacing Remy, Pardew said. “Well, we didn’t have Loic last year, but we found him and managed to get him over the line.
“That’s the sort of quality work we have to do this summer.”
Remy is preparing for the World Cup with his former club-mates Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko.
Meanwhile, Debuchy spoke to the media at France’s Clairefontaine base yesterday.
And the defender, linked with a move away from St James’s Park, did nothing to dampen the speculation over his future.
Asked about the possibility of a summer move, Debuchy said: “No, honestly, I did not hear about any talks over a possible transfers.
“For my part, I do not feel affected by it.
“I leave it to my agents to manage that and I remain focused on the World Cup.”
Paris Saint-Germain, the club who signed his close friend Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle in January, are reportedly interested in Debuchy, as are AS Roma, managed by his former Lille coach Rudi Garcia.