Newcastle United are looking elsewhere after talks to sign Saido Berahino stalled, with Tottenham reportedly preparing a final offer for the West Brom striker.
Several clubs are said to be interested in signing Berahino for the right price this month, but the Daily Mail says Newcastle have now enquired about the availability of Chelsea’s Loic Remy after hitting a brick wall in their bid to sign their first-choice strike target.
Chelsea have told the Magpies that the 29-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 26 goals on loan at Newcastle in 2013-14, is available for £12million as they close in on the loan signing of Alexandre Pato from Corinthians.
While Chelsea want a permanent deal, Newcastle would apparently prefer a loan deal as they prepare to make Andros Townsend their third signing of the window. The England winger will see his wages treble to £55,000 a week once he completes the move to St James’ Park, it is claimed.
With Newcastle seemingly out of the running for Berahino, Tottenham are apparently set to make a final offer of around £17million to sign the unsettled striker this month.
West Brom rejected bids from Spurs in excess of that figure over the summer, but this latest deal is said to include more money up front, while Berahino’s struggle to hold down a first-team place under Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns will not help Albion in any negotiations.
There are conflicting reports in the Daily Star, meanwhile, which suggest Spurs have become increasingly frustrated in their attempts to sign Berahino and are instead focusing their efforts on Barcelona’s Sandro Ramirez.