Newcastle's reported talks to re-sign Loic Remy leave Benitez with a decision, but it's an easy one

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-  May 03: Loic Remy of Newcastle celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James'  Park on May 03,...

Chelsea striker Loic Remy could return to Newcastle United this summer.

Loic Remy of Chelsea FC looks during the International Champions Cup match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Munich at National Stadium on July 25, 2017 in Singapore.Loic Remy of Chelsea

According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United have opened talks with Chelsea about a deal to re-sign striker Loic Remy on loan - but the Magpies would have to decide between him and Kenedy.

The Magpies picked up their first win of the new season on Saturday afternoon, hammering West Ham United 3-0 at St. James' Park, and despite strikers Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic getting on the scoresheet, another forward could be targeted.

With the Daily Mail claiming that Dwight Gayle could be sold to raise funds for other deals, another poacher may be a priority for Bentiez, with a former Magpies ace believed to be on his radar.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-  May 03: Loic Remy of Newcastle celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James'  Park on May 03,...

The Shields Gazette claim that Newcastle have opened talks with Chelsea over a deal to bring striker Loic Remy back to St. James' Park before Thursday's transfer deadline, in a deal which fans may just love.

Remy, 30, scored 14 goals in 26 games for Newcastle during a loan spell in the 2013-14 season, but he joined Chelsea just months later, and has only played 47 games for the Blues since then, scoring 12 goals - and after a poor loan spell with Crystal Palace last season, Chelsea are seemingly happy to let him go out again.

A loan move for Remy would though give Benitez a decision to make, as Newcastle are also pursuing Chelsea winger Kenedy in another loan deal, with The Mirror claiming that the deal is stalling until Antonio Conte can snap up a replacement.

Kenedy of Chelsea goes past the challenge from Angel Di Maria of PSG during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford...

However, Premier League clubs can only take one player on loan from a divisional rival, meaning Newcastle would not be allowed to take both Kenedy and Remy on loan, instead having to choose between the two - but Remy should be the player that the Magpies pursue.

Newcastle predominantly play with a back four, and playing Kenedy as a conventional full back could be a major risk for a usually conservative manager like Benitez, whilst his struggles with Watford last season and off-field issues this summer mean that he may not be an ideal signing anyway, despite still being highly rated at Stamford Bridge.

Remy may not have thrived at Palace last season, but he already knows Newcastle and has thrived with the club, whilst he would offer Benitez a proven Premier League striker, with Independiente's Nicolas Tagliafico emerging as an alternative to Kenedy according to The Chronicle - and that may just be a hint that Newcastle will pursue a loan deal for Remy instead, preferring to go for his experience and record of Premier League goals over Kenedy's raw talent.

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