Newcastle's considerable interest in wantaway Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis is reportedly waning after the French giants refused to accept an offer for the player believed to be in the region of £7 million.
The 27-year-old, who has represented France on ten occasions, is entering the final year of his contract at the Stade de Gerland and Lyon boss Remi Garde has confirmed that the former Saint-Etienne star is likely to leave the club this summer.
With manager Alan Pardew only currently able to call on Papiss Cisse and the ageing Shola Ameobi in attack, the Toon are in obvious need of at least one new forward before their 2013/14 Premier League campaign commences with a daunting visit to Manchester City on August 19.
And after making little progress in their pursuit of Gomis, it now appears as if Newcastle may take their search for new attacking talent elsewhere, with QPR's Loic Remy believed to be a preferred target. Remy only moved to West London from Marseille in January, but it is extremely doubtful that he will be content to feature in the Championship this season.
A deal for England international Darren Bent is also reportedly a strong possibility, although they face stiff competition from Martin Jol and Fulham for the Aston Villa striker's signature. Bent's future at Villa Park under Paul Lambert has been in question for some time and he is no stranger to the North East after a prolific spell at Sunderland between 2009-11.
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