Newcastle chase Arsenal target Remy and up ante over Carroll
Gunners set to sign Malaga winger Santi Cazorla, PSG could outbid Real for Luka Modric
NEWCASTLE have emerged as surprise frontrunners in the battle to sign French forward Loic Remy, who was previously a target for both Arsenal and Spurs, reports The Guardian, which says that Magpies boss Alan Pardew has in contact with Marseille over a deal.
The 25-year-old striker is about to enter the final year of his contract and the Toon boss hopes that he will be able to negotiate his price down from the £15m that Marseille want. However, any reduction in price could reignite the interest of the two London rivals, in particular Arsenal, who are about to lose their skipper robin Van Persie.
But Remy might not be the only striker in Pardew's sights. In an interview with BBC Radio Newcastle he appeared to indulge in a little bit of gamesmanship with Liverpool over the future of Andy Carroll, suggesting that Brendan Rodgers will have no choice but to accept a massive loss on the player. He said that it was inevitable that the big frontman would have to leave and said that when it came to certain players you "just wipe your nose and move on".
But he also made it clear that he still wanted the player to return to Newcastle. He said he did not know if Carroll would head home, but added: "I want the best players I can get."
Reports that Arsenal have failed in their bid to land Santi Cazorla from Malaga appear as wide of the mark as a Marouane Chamakh shot at goal. Earlier this week the Spanish club's Qatari owners were insisting: "We are not a selling club". Now the Daily Mail and others are reporting that 27-year-old Cazorla "looks set to complete a move to north London in the coming weeks".
It's understood the Gunners have offered cash-strapped Malaga £15.6m for the Spanish international, who only joined the club last summer after transferring from Villarreal. The Mail claims Cazorla has been in dispute with Malaga over unpaid wages and is eager for a fresh start with the Gunners. Malaga for their part have realised that if they're not to end up as broke as the Spanish economy they're going to have to start cashing in their principal assets.
Meanwhile the Gunners are making progress in tying down Theo Walcott to a new contract. The aggravatingly inconsistent winger has one year left on his existing deal and according to Sky Sports Walcott is in the throes of thrashing out an extension. Despite speculation that the 23-year-old winger might be on the move, Walcott told Sky Sports that he and Arsenal "continue to talk and we'll just see where it goes".
Asked if there was any truth in the rumours linking him with a move away from the Emirates, Walcott replied: "Not at all because I didn't have a clue about any other clubs."
One Gunner definitely staying put is Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal announced on their official website yesterday that the 26-year-old centre back has signed a new "long-term contract" with the club, though it didn't specify the exact length.
Koscielny arrived at Arsenal two seasons ago and has matured into a reliable defender for the Gunners, prompting manager Arsene Wenger to declare that "Laurent is a top-class player and I am very pleased he has decided to commit his future to the club."
One player who wouldn't know what commitment was if it scythed him down in the six-yard box is Carlos Tevez. The argumentative Argentine ace has been linked with a move away from Manchester City for months, and apparently the endgame is approaching.
Talksport says AC Milan are making a concerted push for the 28-year-old striker in the hope City will sell to free up funds to buy Arsenal's Robin van Persie. According to Talksport, the Italian broadcaster Sky Sport 24 have it on good authority that Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has been in talks with AC Milan representatives. Club owner Silvio Berlusconi is allegedly in the process of "drawing up a lucrative offer" for Tevez.
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that big-spending Paris Saint-Germain could outbid Real Madrid for wantaway midfielder Luka Modric. The Spanish giants have said they will not offer more than £27m for the Croation, while the French outfit are reportedly prepared to cough up the asking price of £40m.
Finally The Sun reports that Liverpool hope to wrap up a deal for Swansea's Joe Allen in the next couple of weeks. The 23-year-old Welsh midfielder is said to have a £15 million release clause in his contract, which can be activated if one of the Premier League big hitters come calling. Former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers is now in charge at Liverpool and the Sun says he's made Allen top of his summer spending list.