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Newcastle slumped to another heavy defeat last weekend, ending up on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline against Manchester United, as the Magpies extended their goalless run to three games - highlighting just how important French forward Loic Remy is to the club. However, the QPR forward is only on loan and is tipped to earn a move to a bigger club than Newcastle, but manager Alan Pardew has admitted there is money to spend this summer.
The January exit of midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain kicked off Newcastle's slump in form, and after receiving £20m for their star man, Pardew says he will reinvest that money in the final third of the pitch.
"We know, in the summer, we have a kitty to spend. We're going to need to spend it well, particularly in offensive areas," said Pardew.
The Magpies have been known for bringing in a number of players from Ligue 1 recently, and one of the players that Pardew could target is Younes Belhanda - who made his name with Montpellier, where Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was a star.
Dynamo Kiev playmaker Belhanda is reportedly looking to leave Ukraine at the end of the season, and picked out Newcastle as a club that he would be interested in signing for - but they weren't the only side mentioned.
“I am dreaming about England. Every player wants to play in England one day. I have to experience that. My favourite club? Arsenal, of course. It is the club of Frenchmen. Newcastle as well, but they are a step below. Manchester City and Liverpool are exciting too. There are so many clubs with big histories. That is England," said the Moroccan.
Whilst Belhanda could arrive on Tyneside, one man who looks like departing is winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The former Lyon and Marseille man has been on the fringes of the team in recent weeks, but has now allegedly had a huge bust-up with manager Pardew, and the 27-year-old could be followed out of the St. James' Park door by fellow Frenchmen Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan as Pardew looks to overhaul his squad.