LOIC Remy is available for a bargain £8m fee this summer – but he is still out of Newcastle United’s reach.
Remy scored 14 goals during a year-long loan at St James’s Park from Queens Park Rangers, who won promotion back to the Premier League at the weekend.
And United manager Alan Pardew – and the club’s fans – would have loved to have seen the striker back on Tyneside next term.
But the World Cup-bound France international’s future lies elsewhere.
The 27-year-old is going cheaply because of a buy-out clause in his deal.
Remy is desperate to play Champions League football, with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly among his suitors.
“I don’t see Remy wanting to come back and play,” said QPR manager Harry Redknapp, whose side beat Derby County at Wembley.
“He’s talking about playing Champions League somewhere. I wouldn’t know what he’ll do, but I think he’s got a buy-out clause which is at a reasonable level.”
Remy joined QPR from Olympique Marseille in January last year after they topped an offer from Newcastle.