Newcastle targeting Bent and Remy
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has urged his new Director of Football Joe Kinnear to bring Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and QPR’s Loic Remy to Tyneside this transfer window, a source has told ESPN.
After Pardew broke his silence to insist he will continue to "manage the team as I see fit" before giving a less than glowing endorsement to the restructured set-up at the club, he will now encourage the much-maligned Kinnear to deliver on his chief transfer targets.
Strikers Bent and Remy are on a list of four or five players Newcastle are considering, with Belgian forward Christian Benteke another who would interest Pardew if the club could fend off some strong competition to land the Belgian’s prize signature after he handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa.
A report in Tuesday’s Daily Mirror suggests the potential deal to bring French striker Remy to Newcastle may involve popular defender Steven Taylor joining QPR, which may not be welcomed by the club’s already unsettled support base.
Yet Pardew clearly feels the striker he came close to signing in January before he opted temped by a better financial offer from QPR remains a player worth pursuing, with his current employers reportedly eager to get the 26-year-old off their wage bill as they prepare for life in the Championship.
The move for Bent has been on Pardew’s agenda all summer as he believes his side lacked the experience required to thrive in the Premier League last season, with the collection of talented but relatively raw players he had in his line-up during an injury plagued season exposed as the club flirted dangerously with relegation in the final six weeks of the campaign.
With Pardew’s transfer targets now made public, many will view Kinnear’s attempts to sign Bent and Remy as the first major test of his role as Director of Football, with the manager insisting he will "remain open minded" about the controversial new figure who has been planted into his set-up at Newcastle.