Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has revealed how the Welsh club came close to securing Loic Remy in the summer under the noses of Newcastle United.
Remy, 26, snubbed a move to St James' Park in favour of Queens Park Rangers when he moved to the Premier League in January, and scored six goals in 14 games as the Londoners were relegated.
Subsequently joining the Magpies on loan last summer, Remy has continued his fine form with eight goals in 11 games for Alan Pardew's side so far this term.
Ahead of the Magpies' trip to Swansea on Wednesday, Laudrup has revealed he was one of the managers hoping the sign the striker.
“He was one of the players I was interested in last summer," Laudrup told Wales Online. "There’s no doubt about that. He’s really a player. I like him a lot. He has everything. He has speed, individual quality and goals.
"Newcastle are a strong side with a lot of individual skills and they are on a very good run right now so it will be a tough test for us but there are two key Newcastle players to stop: Remy and the delivery to him, which comes from [Yohan] Cabaye. They are the main threats."
Remy's future on Tyneside remains uncertain, with the former Marseille striker confirming last month he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision.