Cheick Tiote has urged the hierarchy at Newcastle to sign on-loan striker Loic Remy on a permanent basis after his bright start to the season.
Remy, 26, joined the Magpies for a season from QPR in August and represented the club's only foray into the transfer market this summer.
Beginning his career on Tyneside brightly, Remy netted a brace in Newcastle's 2-1 victory over Cardiff, taking him to five goals for the season.
With talk already surfacing about Remy's future, Tiote has urged the club's decision makers to commit the player to a permanent deal.
“Loic is very important for us," Tiote told the Journal. "He’s a great player and he scored two fantastic goals. I hope he will continue to score because we need him and we need his goals -- they are so important for us and at Cardiff they were the difference between winning and losing.
“He’s going to be important for us this season and if he continues to score and play like he did we will be able to finish in the top ten. I hope the chairman will buy him. You never know, but he’s already shown how important he is for us and it would be a big loss if he didn’t sign at the end of the season.”
That sentiment was echoed by former Magpie Steve Harper, who believes the club should sign Remy "immediately".
Harper, 38, is currently on the books of Hull City after departing St James' Park this summer and has been watching his former side from afar. Suitably impressed with Remy, he is hopeful the Magpies will now look to secure the striker on a long term deal.
“I’ve been very impressed by Remy - sign him up immediately, that would be my message," Harper told the Evening Chronicle. "Hopefully, when you go into a loan agreement there would have been a fee agreed, which you can usually trigger at any time. That would certainly give all of the supporters a lift, to see Remy signed up sooner rather than later.”
Remy's sparkling form is in stark contrast to the misfiring Papiss Cisse. Without a Premier League goal this season, the striker has lacked the potency he displayed when he first joined the Magpies. However, Harper is confident his former teammate will come good eventually.
“He is an instinctive sort of player," Harper said. "Papiss is that sort of off-the-cuff, instinctive-type player and hopefully he’ll be banging them in training and his confidence will come back. Then, if he starts firing on all cylinders and Remy’s scoring goals, Newcastle will be a very dangerous proposition.”