Newcastle United look set for a huge sweep in the transfer market over the coming week, with as many as three deals being close to completion in the striker department.
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, and French Internationals Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis all look set to complete moves to St. James’ Park with Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear confirming deals for Remy and Bent are moving along quickly.
In an interview exclusively with Sky Sports News this morning, Kinnear stated on a move for Loic Remy:
“Yeah I think very much, so I would like to think we are very, very close to agreeing that.”
“I would think maybe Monday or Tuesday we will be a position to say yea or nay, but I am very happy about how that deal is going at the moment.”
On a deal for Darren Bent, Kinnear stated:
“We were with Darren’s agent for two or three hours, we thrashed out a deal”
“We are still in negotiations with Aston Villa so there is a really strong possibility there.”
“Again I hear the latest is that somebody else has all of a sudden shown interest in the player so we have competition from various clubs around the country, but I am not letting go.”
“These are players that me and Alan (Pardew) have spoken about. These are players that we’ve all agreed at the club are the type of player we want to bring to Newcastle.”
The newly appoint Director of football didn’t comment on a move for Gomis, although Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas told L’Equipe today:
“We have accepted Newcastle’s conditions and Bafetimbi has accepted theirs too.”
“It could still go wrong. There are minor issues which could cause problems.”
“Either way, the deal won’t be done for another 8 days probably.”
“We invested €15m in Gomis when he was in a bad place at St Etienne. With one year left on his contract he has to be sold because an extension was not an option for us or him.”
“We decided to sell either Bafetimbi Gomis or Lisandro Lopez. I did not choose Gomis, the Sporting Directors did. I did not mean to cause any harm to Gomis on a personal level. I merely needed to sell him.”