Ligue 1

Newcastle step up chase for Lyon striker

gomisSky Sports suggest that Newcastle United have submitted an improved bid of £6.9m for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis while the club are also in discussions to take QPR forward Loic Remy on loan for the season.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants to bring extra attacking options to St James’ Park ahead of the new season and has targeted a move for the French international striker who netted 18 goals for Lyon last year.

The forward has been given permission to leave the Ligue 1 club and had been linked with a host of other Premier League sides but the Magpies are understood to be leading the race for the 27-year-old.

Now, Lyon chairman and co-owner Michel Aulas admits that Gomis failed to attend a meeting last week which had been scheduled to discuss his future.

“We gave him a letter by hand but he did not come,” Aulas is reported as saying.

Meanwhile, Pardew is also lining up a move for QPR striker Loic Remy after he impressed for the relegated side during the second half of last season.

The 26-year-old only joined the R’s during the January transfer window, having turned down Newcastle at one point, and he scored six times for Harry Redknapp’s side.

Remy will not want to spend the new season playing in the Championship and the Hoops want to get his wages out of the club with the striker available at the correct fee. Pardew could now move for the player he missed out just six months ago.

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