Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Take on Germans for Remy; GERMANS JOIN UNITED IN THE MIX FOR REMY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Take on Germans for Remy; GERMANS JOIN UNITED IN THE MIX FOR REMY

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Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE United are the front-runners if Loic Remy opts to move to the Premier League this month, but they seem certain to face stiff competition from two Bundesliga clubs for the in-demand striker.

The 26-year-old Marseille player is the Magpies' priority target in the transfer window. Manager Alan Pardew said last week he would not move for any other players until securing a replacement for Demba Ba.

Reports that Remy (pictured right) was on Tyneside yesterday were denied by club sources, but he remains top of their list as they look for players comfortable filling the wide roles in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Papiss Cisse.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp was in the crowd for Marseille's cup game against Guingamp at the weekend, in which Remy played but did not score, but the French media are reporting he has turned down a move to the relegationthreatened west London club.

The respected L'Equipe went a step further, quoting Remy as saying "I know of Newcastle's interest but I would like to play in Germany," while adding that Inter Milan are interested in signing him on loan.

Newcastle hope to speak to the striker this week to persuade him he would be better moving to the Premier League.

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are both monitoring the France international.

Both already have highly-rated strikers, although Dortmund could be planning for life after Robert Lewandowski.

The Pole was identified as a Manchester United target last summer and, while they are not expected to move for him in this window - Sir Alex Ferguson has said he does not expect any major January signings - many think the Red Devils will lodge a PS10m bid at the end of the season.

Schalke's top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signed a twoyear contract extension days before Christmas after renewed speculation that he, too, would be moving to England. …

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