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The French connection - Loïc Rémy set for big Newcastle move

Newcastle have agreed a deal with Championship side Queens Park Rangers to bring striker Loic Remy on a season long loan.

Remy is set to have his medical on Monday at St James’ Park, although he may not join in time to take part in the club’s friendly against Rangers in Glasgow on Tuesday. He should, however, be available for Newcastle’s Premier League opener away to title contenders Manchester City.

The 26 year old has 18 caps for France under his belt, scoring four goals, though he hasn’t netted for his country since November 2011 against the USA.

He was a target of Newcastle as recently as the January transfer window, but the player instead opted for a move to West London to join relegation threatened QPR for a club record fee of £8m.

Despite his tally of six goals for Harry Redknapp’s side, he was unable to help them avoid relegation back to the Championship.

Newcastle are also expecting to complete the deal for another striker, Bafetimbi Gomis from French side Olympique Lyon, as they look to reinforce their front line after suffering the loss of Demba Ba to Chelsea back in January.

These signings continue the wave of French players moving to Tyneside, and the Magpies hope that they can propel them to a much better campaign than last year, which saw them avoid relegation by only a handful of points.

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