LOIC Remy has re-emerged as a transfer target for Newcastle United – after his proposed move to Liverpool broke down.
But the odds are still seemingly against Remy returning to St James’s Park.
Liverpool yesterday pulled out of a deal to sign the Queens Park Rangers forward, reportedly over concerns about his medical.
The 27-year-old – who scored 14 goals on a season-long loan at Newcastle last season – had flown to the United States to meet up with Liverpool’s squad ahead of a move to Anfield.
But Remy’s future now lies elsewhere after the club backed away from an £8million deal.
Arsenal also have an interest in the France international, who is keen to play Champions League football.
Newcastle, however, can’t offer him European football, and Remy could command a higher wage at a club playing in continental competition.
It was reported earlier this month that Remy had told Newcastle – who had made him an offer at the end of last season – that he would decide on his future after the World Cup finals.
Remy chose Liverpool, but the events of the past 48 hours reignited hopes on Tyneside that he could return to St James’s Park.
The club has been in dialogue with Remy’s representatives over the summer months.
But the breakdown of his Anfield move could smoke out interest from a team competiting in this season’s Champions League.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have made a fresh move for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, according to L’Equipe.
The £16m-rated striker, however, is close to agreeing a new deal at the Ligue 1 club, and Lacazette, also said to be interesting Liverpool, reportedly dismissed the approach.