Tottenham and Newcastle in transfer battle for Remy - who should he sign for?

Newcastle United

The in-form France international is reportedly in demand, with Andre Villas-Boas looking to strengthen his attacking repertoire come January.

Loic Remy has made an excellent start to his loan spell at Newcastle, netting five times in five games for the North East club. His pace, power and eye for goal were evident in his short-lived time at QPR and his strong start to the new campaign has also helped him to force his way back into the France national squad.

The former Marseille man’s form has led to questions over his future, with the player on loan at St James’ Park until the end of the season. However, with Remy looking like an asset that will help Newcastle to stay clear of relegation danger, Alan Pardew is keen to make his move permanent.

However, whether this attempt is made in January or at the end of the season, it is likely that Pardew will find himself in a battle for the forward’s signature. Tottenham have been linked with an interest in the striker in the British press this week, with the north Londoners reported to be ready to push forward with an attempt to sign Remy sooner rather than later.

Both Newcastle and Tottenham have been in the market for Remy for some time, and the pair both had attempts to pry him away from Marseille unsuccessful before he joined QPR. Harry Redknapp was a big fan of the France international in his time at White Hart Lane, and it is thought that his successor Villas-Boas is also an admirer.

It is clear to see that if Remy can stay clear of injuries, which have blighted his career over the last 24 months, he will not be short of admirers. But, if the choice came down to it, would he be better advised to sign for Newcastle or Tottenham?

With Papiss Cisse going off the goalscoring boil slightly of late, Remy has instantly endeared himself to the St James’ Park faithful with his clinical finishing in the fledgling days of his Newcastle career. As things stand he is almost guaranteed a starting berth in the Geordies’ line-up when available and has a host of his countrymen at the club also.

A move to Tottenham would see him have to fight for a place in the starting XI, and spaces more limited than at Newcastle due to formation. Pardew has space for both Remy and Cisse in his starting line-up, whereas Villas-Boas prefers to play only one designated striker. With Roberto Soldado, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor at the north London club, Remy would need to be at his best to command a place.

That said, if he demonstrated the goalscoring form that he has in his time in England to date, it could well be that Remy may be the man to fire Spurs into the top-four reckoning. With the likes of Christian Eriksen creating chances for him, the France international has the potential to be an instant hit.

Whether Tottenham will need him by January remains to be seen. Soldado has struggled to adjust to his new environment and six goals in seven games for the side is not a convincing return for a side with Champions League qualification ambitions.

One thing is for sure however – if Remy continues in the same vein that he has started at Newcastle, he will have excellent options in deciding where to play his football in the long-term.

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