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Newcastle close in on Remy

Newcastle United have reportedly approached Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in order to sign France international Loic Remy.

Remy, 25, has been linked with a move away from the Stade Velodrome for some time, and with Marseille experiencing financial difficulty, speculation is growing over a potential summer transfer to the Premier League.

The French club have placed a £15 million price tag on the striker, whose contract expires at the end of next season. Newcastle officials are understood to have made contact with Marseille to negotiate the transfer fee, while Arsenal and Tottenham are also reportedly interested in his services.

Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has admitted the club must sell before they can buy this summer, and Remy acknowledges his future will likely be decided by the club's finances.

"I am contracted to Marseille but if the club wants to sell me, there is not much I can do about it," Remy told Sky Sports. "The transfer window closes on August 31, so there is plenty of time [for something to happen]."

Newcastle's talks with Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, FC Twente central defender Douglas and Andy Carroll from Liverpool have all stalled, according to reports in the English press.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good is closing in on a move to the Magpies as he prepares to head to England for a medical.

The 19-year-old, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport, made 25 appearances for the club in his debut Hyundai A-League season.

Head coach John Aloisi told "It's a fantastic opportunity for Curtis. Newcastle United is one of the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom, and we are absolutely delighted he has the opportunity to test his wares on such a stage.''


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