Newcastle United are aiming to sign both Aston Villa striker Darren Bent and Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has stated that he wants to see plenty of competition for places amongst his strikers, and it is believed the QPR and Aston Villa frontmen are two of a series of targets.

Pardew told the Northern Echo: "Both of those players are on our list. I make no bones about that. But they are under contract at other clubs. It's difficult, you have to be careful. It's nice for our fans to hear names but I don't want to disrupt other clubs' preparations.

"We have a list of four or five strikers who will push [Papiss] Cissé, Shola [Ameobi], Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran because that will be important next season. We do need two strikers. Last season, I didn't think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team."

Injuries hampered the Magpies' Premier League campaign last season, and after the sale of Demba Ba to Chelsea last January, Cisse was often the only realistic option to play up front.

The possibility of signing Bent is helped by his state of affairs at Villa Park, as he appears to have no future with his current club, as Paul Lambert continues to try and build a new team.

Remy was close to moving to the north-east club in January, but instead opted for a high value offer from QPR, but his six goals in 14 appearances were not enough to prevent Harry Redknapp's team from being relegated to the Championship.

Sources on Tyneside previously claimed that interest from the club had cooled on the Frenchman, but they have re-considered after Harry Redknapp told them the player could be available with a player-plus-cash deal that includes centre-back Steven Taylor.


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