If reports over the terms that Loic Remy has joined QPR are anywhere close to being true, then it's abundantly clear why Newcastle ended up missing out on the striker. Having identified Remy as the man to replace Demba Ba at St James Park, there is understandable disappointment that they failed to sign the player, but there are positives than can be taken from the saga.
It is likely QPR have overvalued Remy, who has barely started a match for Marseille this season and only scored once in Ligue 1. Whether that risk pays off for them is yet to be seen, but Newcastle can be said to have made a sensible decision in not competing for an out of form player on the financial terms that have been reported in the press.
However Newcastle clearly still need another striker, and this is where Remy going elsewhere could end up a blessing in disguise for the club. Remy could be a fine player for QPR, but there are better options out there, and if Newcastle were to now go after Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang they could end up in a much better position.
Aubayemang has been far more impressive in Ligue 1 than Remy this season, scoring eight goals and setting up four more. He is also younger than the Marseille striker, and has the potential to be a truly top class player. Aubayemang can also play on the left flank of an attack, and so would be able to support Papiss Cisse through the middle.
Aubayemang has also been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool, and both he and the club have responded by suggesting he will wait until the summer to decide which club he will leave St Etienne for. However if Newcastle were to go in strongly in the next couple of weeks there has been speculation he could be available for around £12 million.
This would be more than QPR paid for Remy, but Aubayemang would not demand such a high wage packet as the French striker, and if Newcastle were to sign the talented 23 year old they could move on from both Ba and Remy is the best possible way.
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