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Do We Sign Remy BEFORE His Rape Case Of AFTER?
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed his interest in Loic Remy as he looks for striking reinforcements.
But Remy has a court case for rape hanging over him, and we have just dumped a player (Nile Ranger) who was bring down the reputation of Newcastle United.
It would be just Newcastle's bad fortune to sign the player, then two weeks later he gets sent down for five years!
Pardew told the Northern Echo: "Remy is on our list. I make no bones about that.
"We have a list of four or five strikers who will push [Papiss] Cisse, Shola [Ameobi], Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran because that will be important next season.
"We do need two strikers. Last year, I didn't think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team."
Newcastle thought they had landed £8million France international Remy in January, only for the Marseille man to opt for a more lucrative deal at QPR instead.
Sources on Tyneside had previously indicated that there was little appetite to reconsider a man who had initially turned down the opportunity to head for St James' Park, and Joe Kinnear was said to have knocked back the offer from Harry Redknapp.
However, there appears to have been a change of stance amid speculation that Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has asked for central defender Steven Taylor in a player-plus-cash deal.
16th May 2013REMY ARRESTED!
Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
The 26-year-old French international was held by Scotland Yard's sex crime squad along with two other men who were arrested in Fulham, west London.
They were questioned over allegations that a 34-year-old woman was raped on 6 May by three men.
Mr Remy's solicitors said the player denied the allegation, but he could not comment. The men have been released on bail until September.
The allegation was passed to the Met from Kent Police two days after the woman said she was attacked.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Three men, aged 26, 23 and 22, were arrested at an address in Fulham on suspicion of rape."
Mr Remy joined QPR from Marseille in an £8m deal in January.
In a statement Mr Remy's solicitors, Harbottle & Lewis, said: "Our client is aware of press reports concerning his arrest by the Metropolitan Police Service on the morning of 15 May 2013.
"Our client denies the claim that has been made. Our client is not able to make any further comment in relation to this matter."
It added he "has not been charged with any offence".
A spokesperson for QPR said the club was "aware of the allegations" but could not comment while the police investigation was continuing.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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