Olympique Marseille has had a roller coaster ride the past year. With their fall from the top of Ligue 1, loss of Didier Deschamps as coach, and their lack of funds for transfers, things are looking bleak for L'OM. In an effort to raise funds for new recruits, Marseille is looking to offload some of its top players.
Loic Remy has been the subject of transfer interest all summer. Tottenham were supposedly leading the charge, but seem to have cooled on Remy lately. Arsenal has been forever linked with the striker, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keeping tabs on him in the past.
Newcatle United may be the beneficiary of Tottenham and Arsenal's lack of movement. Reports from ESPN have the Magpies talking to Marseille about a potential move for the 25-year-old Remy. Newcastle has been looking to add some more offensive firepower in an effort to move further up the standings.
Remy has the ability to be an offensive force in the EPL. His goal tally the last two seasons has been 12 and 15 respectively. Both those totals were in less than 30 games played in the Ligue 1 season, as injuries have cut down his time on the pitch.
Remy plays primarily as a lead striker, but has the flexibility to move to the second striker role, or even on the wings. His capture should help Newcastle get more options in attack. Pairing Remy with Demba Ba would give opposing defenses a major headache.
It is reported that 15 million pounds is the fee it will take to get Marseille to sell Remy. Whether Newcastle United can get that number down remains to be seen.
Marseille is in desperate need of funds to try and acquire their own targets before the transfer window closes. This could be the first move in a clearing out players at Marseille. Their current financial constraints have put a lot of pressure on the coaching staff to try and mold the current squad into contenders.
Failing to qualify for the Champions League has put Marseille behind the eight ball financially as they contend with some large contracts and money spent unwisely. With players like Andre-Pierre Gignac failing to live up to expectations after high priced moves, Marseille has found themselves falling fast.
Marseille's current financial pain could be Newcastle's gain. United found success in France before with the capture of Yohan Cabaye from Lille OSC last summer. Cabaye proved to be a bargain purchase for Newcastle United, as he had a stellar first season in the EPL. They are hoping to have similar success with Remy.