Newcastle ready to switch transfer targets

LONDON-BOUND? ... Loic Remy's expected to sign for QPR.

LONDON-BOUND? ... Loic Remy's expected to sign for QPR.

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NEWCASTLE United are ready to turn to other striking targets – with Loic Remy on the verge of joining Queens Park Rangers.

NEWCASTLE United are ready to turn to other striking targets – with Loic Remy on the verge of joining Queens Park Rangers, writes MILES STARFORTH.

Remy was set to undergo a medical at the Loftus Road club today after a dramatic 24 hours.

The 26-year-old had been expected to travel to Tyneside after Newcastle agreed a £9m fee with Olympique Marseille over the weekend.

But Remy flew to the capital to meet QPR manager Harry Redknapp on Sunday night – and yesterday agreed a staggering salary package with the Premier League’s basement club.

The France international was also the subject of interest from another unnamed team, according to Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo.

However, it is unlikely any club would be able to match QPR’s reported £80,000-a-week offer, which is understood to include a clause allowing him to leave in the event of relegation.

And Newcastle could now turn their attention to Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The club’s president, Dominique Rocheteau, warned United off the 23-year-old last week.

Rocheteau said: “Aubameyang should stay with us until the end of the season. Rumours are normal at this time, but our intention is not to negotiate his sale in January.”

However, Saint-Etienne’s stance could change if Newcastle harden their interest in the Gabon international, who started his career at AC Milan.

United manager Alan Pardew – who lose leading scorer Demba Ba to Chelsea in this month’s transfer window – had hoped to have a striker in this week ahead of Saturday’s home game against Reading.

Remarkably, Redknapp claimed QPR shouldn’t be paying high wages after the club’s 1-0 defeat at St James’s Park last month.

“(QPR) have got a stadium that holds 18,000 people – you shouldn’t be paying massive wages when you have 18,000 people,” he said.