Since rejoining the Premier League back in 2010, Newcastle have built a strong French contingent within their squad in a bid to re-establish themselves as a genuinely competitive Premier League team.
With the transfer window now open, it seems that Alan Pardew could add to that group with the club reportedly interested in signing Loic Remy from QPR.
Remy has been at QPR since January but with the London club suffering relegation back to The Championship, the Frenchman has sought a move away from Loftus Road.
It’s thought that Newcastle are looking to put a lot of resources into bringing Remy to St. James Park and are even ready to offload loyal defender Steven Taylor to seal the deal.
Taylor is wanted by QPR manager Harry Redknapp as he looks to rebuild the club following their relegation and the English defender could very well be the key to negotiating a deal between the two clubs.
QPR are desperate in securing another centre back after the club sold Christopher Samba back to Anzhi at the start of the summer transfer window.
Remy has been touted as one of the best French strikers in football and scored 6 goals for QPR in 14 games having arrived at the club in January.
Alongside that, Newcastle are still eager to sign another striker having lost Demba Ba to Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Remy’s previous experience would certainly help fill any gaps in The Magpie’s appearance having played and led the line for other big European clubs such as Olympique Marseille before moving to England.
Remy has also played an important part in France’s new look international side having earned 18 caps and scoring 4 goals in the last 4 years.
But Remy’s move to Tyneside will still very much rely on the fate of Steven Taylor with the Toon veteran still eager to play for the club.
Taylor has been an ever-present member of the Newcastle team throughout his 10 year professional and has notched up 185 appearances for the club and scoring 11 goals.
The defender has also been one of the few first team defenders in the Premier League to be overlooked for the England squad with fitness issues hampering his chances of being selected for the national squad.
Though a deal has yet to be struck between the two sides, it seems that both have holes that need to be filled and a swap between Remy and Taylor could be the logical solution to both problems.