Loic Remy remains undecided about his future with offers from Newcastle and QPR, and possibly other Premier League sides, on the table.
The Marseille striker appeared destined for St James' Park until QPR attempted to hijack the deal by matching the Magpies' £8million offer and then tempting the 26-year-old with more money.
Last night it seemed that the £80,000-a-week wages on offer from the R's would swing a deal in favour of the side currently propping up the Premier League, however Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo says the player is yet to make a decision, and hinted there could be more clubs interested in signing the France international.
He told RTL television: "We at OM reached an agreement with Newcastle, but we also talked with other English clubs.
"We gave them a working basis and it remains up to Loic to choose the club he prefers in terms of their structure or sporting plans.
"He is currently in England and is speaking with some clubs.
"Everyone talks about Newcastle, but it is not just Newcastle because he is talking with other clubs.
"We have to remain cautious. We have done our job and players and agents must do theirs. Nothing is done."
Specifically on QPR, Anigo said: "QPR have deep pockets and a manager (Harry Redknapp) known in England to have a good reputation, so I do not think Loic has closed the door on QPR."
On-loan QPR midfielder Joey Barton tweeted yesterday that his parent club had stolen ahead in the race for Rémy's signature. "Gift of the gab from Harry Redknapp perhaps? Thought it was done and dusted to Newcastle. Something must of gone amiss. Great news for #QPR," wrote Barton, who is spending the season with Marseilles.
While Newcastle are stunned by the player's apparent willingness to join a club at serious threat of relegation, it is understood they may see missing out on Remy as a blessing considering his desire to chase the highest possible wages.
Following the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea earlier this month, the Magpies desperately need to add some firepower to their squad to save their season. Should they miss out on Remy they may turn their attention to Ajax striker Siem de Jong who is available for around £9million.