EPL Transfer Rumours: Newcastle Leading QPR in Loic Remy Sweepstakes

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11:  Loic Remy of France celebrates after scoring the only goal during the International Friendly between France and USA at Stade de France on November 11, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Marseille's Loic Remy has become somewhat of a hot commodity since the January transfer window opened a week ago. 

The latest news on the pursuit by many EPL clubs for the 26-year-old comes out of London, as relegation fighters QPR have had a bid rejected for the Frenchman (via Mirror Football). 

Harry Redknapp's club not only offered money to Marseille, they also offered winger Shaun Wright-Philips in return for Remy.

If the deal was accepted, Wright-Philips would have become the second player to be sent to the Ligue 1 outfit in the past year from QPR, with Joey Barton currently on loan at Marseille from the Loftus Road outfit. 

The offer was denied by both Remy and Marseille, and it looks like Newcastle United will be the club bringing in the French attacker. 

On Monday, it looked as though Newcastle were close to securing the signature of Remy to help their depleted attack (via The Guardian). 

Remy would be considered a replacement for the newly-departed Demba Ba, who left for Chelsea last week, and also a player who could fill the void left by the injured Hatem Ben Arfa in the Magpies attack. 

Newcastle United would also be the better fit for Remy, as he is needed more at St. James' Park due to the club's injury crisis and Shola Ameobi's departure to play with Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations. 

If Remy were to join QPR, he would have to compete with Junior Hoilett, Djibril Cisse, Adel Taarabt, and Jamie Mackie for a position in the starting 11. 

At Newcastle, Remy would be able to jump right into Alan Pardew's starting 11 and provide an experienced attack threat that would accompany Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez, and Sylvain Marveaux. 

Wherever the 26-year-old Remy lands in the January transfer window, he will certainly add to the club's attacking threat and provide a much needed goal scorer to a struggling club. 

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