Newcastle make loan move for Chelsea's Loic Remy

Loic Remy
Loic Remy

Newcastle United have held talks with Chelsea over a loan move for Loic Remy.

Rafa Benitez is looking to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes next Thursday.

The club, which has signed six players to far this summer, is exploring the loan market.

And the Gazette understands that Newcastle have held discussions with Chelsea over a season-long loan move for Remy, who spent the 2013-14 campaign at the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers.

Chelsea signed Remy from QPR in the summer of 2014, but the 30-year-old has failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.

The France international spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

United have freed up some wages by moving on Emmanuel Riviere – the striker today joined Metz – and Siem de Jong is set to re-sign for former team Ajax.

Achraf Lazaar is also interesting a number of Italian clubs.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's home game against West Ham United, Benitez said: "Sometimes you can do business, sometimes you can't.

"But we're looking for solutions. I expect to be quite busy we're working to find solution to some players.

"I can announce that Riviere has gone to Metz, and de Jong is close to going to Ajax, so we're working on that and trying to bring in players too."

Asked if their departures would free up funds, Benitez added: "I don't know.

"We're reducing the number of players we have, and continue to look for other options in the market."