Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle United Have Moved on. Sadly, Remy Has to Be Left Behind; THE AGENDA: Should Newcastle Try to Re-Sign Loic Remy? Newcastle United Need to Recruit Young, Hungry Players Eager to Prove Themselves, Argues Stuart Rayner - and Loic Remy Falls outside That Category

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle United Have Moved on. Sadly, Remy Has to Be Left Behind; THE AGENDA: Should Newcastle Try to Re-Sign Loic Remy? Newcastle United Need to Recruit Young, Hungry Players Eager to Prove Themselves, Argues Stuart Rayner - and Loic Remy Falls outside That Category

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

THE smile that spread across Newcastle United faces when news came through of Loic Remy's collapsed transfer to Liverpool was more than just schadenfreude.

Most football fans delight in the misfortune of their rivals, and plenty revel in seeing a player they once adored hit rocky times elsewhere.

But it was the possibilities of a reunion which excited Magpies fans the most.

Remy is back on the market, and Newcastle are sure to be sorely tempted.

The France international was their top scorer last season. Like Fabio Borini at Sunderland, the North East club were able to try before they bought, so they know buying him outright would pose far less of a risk than most transfers.

Newcastle would dearly love to have kept Remy beyond his seasonlong loan from Queens Park Rangers, only for Liverpool to intervene. Now the Reds seem to be out of the equation.

Although no one has come out with an official explanation, it seems Remy failed a medical. "Failed" is actually the wrong word for a medical. You do not pass or fail them - clubs simply see what condition a player is in, then decide if they still want to buy.

Whatever set the alarm bells ringing at Anfield need not necessarily frighten those at St James' Park.

This is the club Demba Ba (pictured left) scored 29 goals for in 54 Premier League appearances after Stoke City manager Tony Pulis decided his dodgy knees were "a ticking time bomb". If there is one thing Newcastle's owner Mike Ashley is not afraid of, it is taking a gamble.

But the Magpies have moved on. They need to draw a line under Remy. Ba was available this summer too. He moved to Besiktas, and Newcastle were right not to try very hard to muscle in on the deal.

Remy seemed to move away mentally long before he did physically. His 10 goals in the first half of the season marked the striker out as a player whose talents deserved a Champions League stage.

Even without Liverpool, it is a platform he is still likely to adorn. In January 2013 I wrote that Newcastle dodged a bullet when Remy joined QPR, arguing mercenaries were the last thing they needed during a relegation battle. But without them, most Premier League clubs would struggle to put out a five-a-side team. When the going was better last season, Remy was just what Newcastle needed. …

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