LOIC Remy has been offered to Newcastle United – six months after he snubbed a move to the club.
The striker will leave relegated Queens Park Rangers this summer.
Remy – who has a £7m release clause in his Loftus Road contract – is being touted around Europe. But Newcastle are unlikely to revive their interest in the 26-year-old, despite the pressing need to sign a forward in this summer’s transfer window.
Remy angered club officials with an 11th-hour change of heart in the last transfer window.
He had been expected to sign for the club from Olympique Marseille after discussions in France, but instead opted to move to QPR, who offered him a more lucrative contract.
There had been hopes that Newcastle would make early progress in its search for a striker.
However, there is growing unease on Tyneside at the lack of progress in the transfer market, which contrasts sharply with the early business done at Sunderland.
The club this week lost out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who yesterday joined Borussia Dortmund.
And the club’s interest in Wigan striker Arouna Kone appears to have cooled as quickly as it hotted up.
The club’s owner, Dave Whelan, yesterday claimed the club had activated the the 29-year-old’s £5m release clause, and Newcastle had been given permission to talk to Kone.
However, Kone seems certain to join Roberto Martinez, his former manager, at Everton.
And a return to St James’s Park for Demba Ba – who left Newcastle for Chelsea – also seems unlikely.
Ba has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager.
However, the 28-year-old is understood to be keen to stay and fight for his place at the club.
Newcastle fans – many still angry at the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football – are becoming increasingly frustrated as they wait for the club’s first senior summer signing.
Also, manager Alan Pardew, due back on Tyneside over the weekend, hasn’t given an interview all summer.
And the only senior voice from the club that fans have heard in recent weeks has been that of Kinnear, who himself is due to go on a holiday booked before his appointment.