Loic Remy will have a medical with Newcastle later today after Queens Park Rangers agreed a season-long loan-deal that will see the striker head to St James’ Park.
The Frenchman looks set to complete the move, and director of football Joe Kinnear hopes to complete other deals for Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent to bolster manager Alan Pardew’s attacking options.
“We're very, very close to agreeing that (Remy)”, Kinnear said. “Maybe Monday or Tuesday we'll be in a position to say yea or nay.”
“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.”
Kinnear also added that there are “two or three other clubs” competing for Gomis, but the Magpies appear favourites for the move after agreeing a deal for his transfer last week.
Newcastle are yet to complete a signing this summer – the only Premier League side to have failed to make any additions – but they look likely to complete at least one this week for Remy, and just like waiting for a bus, the first could lead to more new faces at the same time.
Remy didn't feature for Rangers in their opening Championship victory against Sheffield Wednesday, with Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora starting in attack for Harry Redknapp's side.
Clubs are reluctant to take Remy on a permanent deal due to his arrest in May on suspicion of rape, and police have not yet revealed if they intend to charge him or not.
The news will calm fans on Tyneside, who had feared the worst after a turbulent summer that saw the return of Kinnear undermine Pardew’s position along with striker Papiss Cisse dispute with the club over wearing the new kit, which has now been resolved.