Newcastle United switch transfer sights

IN THE FRAME? ... striker Loic Remy.
IN THE FRAME? ... striker Loic Remy.

NEWCASTLE United are ready to turn their attention away from Loic Remy in their search for a striker.

The club is looking to sign Remy from Olympique Marseille in this month’s transfer window.

But there has been no progress this week, with defender Mathieu Debuchy – who will make his United debut at Norwich City tomorrow – the only arrival so far on Tyneside.

And Marseille coach Elie Baup – and Remy’s team-mate Joey Barton – have suggested £10m-rated France international could stay at the Stade Velodrome.

Pardew, desperate to see his relegation-threatened side strengthened for the second half of the Premier League campaign insists the club, led by managing director Derek Llambias, has been “aggressive” in its approach to the window.

However, he’s warned that Newcastle’s transfer business could go to the wire.

“For us, it’s simple,” Pardew said. “We have our targets, and we’re focused on them.

“We’re also working on the targets beneath them, in case it’s a negative.

“The only message I can say from my conversations with Derek is that we’re aggressive, and as aggressive in any window since I’ve been here.”

With discussions on Remy, 26, and other targets a work in progress, Pardew – who lost top scorer Demba Ba to Chelsea last week – has appealed for patience from frustrated supporters.

“It’s very important that our fans understand that as aggressive as we can be – and I think we’re as aggressive in this window as any that I’ve been involved in – that sometimes agents want to wait,” he added.

“They want to see if a bigger ship comes along, so to speak.

“Therefore you can be as aggressive as you like. Sometimes, they think something else will arrive.

“You have to be patient. Therefore, that’s why a lot of the deals get done in the last three or four days.

“The options run out, and everybody has to pitch in.”

United have also been linked with St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But the club’s vice-president Dominique Rocheteau has told French radio station RMC that Aubameyang won’t be leaving in this month’s transfer window.

Rocheteau said: “There is a lot of talk about many strikers and Newcastle, but Aubameyang will finish the season with us.”

Meanwhile, Valenciennes president Jean-Raymond Legrand has claimed United have made an offer for left-back Gaetan Bong.

But Legrand has suggested it won’t be easy to prise the 24-year-old, a full Cameroon international, away from the club.

Legrand said: “Newcastle are very interested - they have made an offer.

“We will wait and see. But I will not sell players unless I can replace them.”