Newcastle look to have found their replacement following Demba Ba's move to Chelsea. 26-year-old French international Loic Rémy, looks on course to be Alan Pardew's big signing of this transfer window.

Vincent Labrune, president of Ligue 1 side Marseille, has reached an agreement for the striker to speak to the Premier League strugglers.


Rémy, who has 17 caps for his country, has fallen out of favour at the Stade Vélodrome. Élie Baup's side currently lie third in France's top tier, but has not been able to hold down a regular starting place. His move away from Les Phocéens, is not a surprising one.


Harry Redknapp was apparently also enthusiastic about bringing the striker to QPR but it appears Rémy favours the North-East and apparent stability. But if the league table was to reflect the last 5 games alone, Newcastle would sit in 17th and QPR 11th. But time will tell as to how enlightened the move could turn out to be.


Rémy is a product of the Olympique Lyonnais youth academy system; where he trained with the likes of Karim Benzema and possible future team mate, Hatem Ben Arfa. However his first team opportunities at Lyon were limited and after a loan deal in 2008 which saw him score three times in 10 appearances for Lens, Rémy returned home, only to be sold to Nice.


The €8 million move to Nice was to prove a fruitful one and he spent two seasons in southern France. Scoring 26 times in 68 appearances for Les Aiglons, he generated enough interest to have his value double over his two seasons there. His stay at Nice also saw his international career take off and the Rhône born front man made his senior debut in 2009. In August 2010, with his stock risen, a deal in the region of €15 million was agreed with Marseille.


Rémy has scored 27 times in his two and a half years with Marseille, but has been over shadowed this season by the likes of André-Pierre Cignac and Jordan Ayew and has had to rely primarily on substitute appearances and with that the goals have inevitably dried up along with some of his confidence.


If he does sign for Newcastle, an immediate impact will be hoped for by the Newcastle faithful.  If he does settle and find a return to goal scoring form he could prove to be a suitable replacement for Ba. And with their season looking like it is heading in the direction of a relegation battle, Pardew will be hoping for a quick impact.

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