Reported Newcastle target Alfred Finnbogason has declared his desire to join up with Alan Pardew's side.
The SC Heerenveen striker told Icelandic site 433.is: “I heard Newcastle made a loan bid for me at the end of the transfer window, but it was not an option for me to go out on loan. If they make another offer I will consider it.”
“Of course I would like to play for Newcastle United, St James´s Park is a great stadium and Newcastle are a great club in the English Premier League."
The 24-year-old struck 28 times last year and has begun this campaign in equally scintillating form, bagging eleven goals in just seven games so far. That's over twice Newcastle's haul in five Premier League games to date, with main striker Papiss Cissé still yet to get off the mark in the league.
Finnbogason's declaration that Newcastle had previously made a loan bid would, if true, indicate a change in transfer strategy for the Magpies. Before the loan signing of Remy, the last temporary deal Newcastle made was the emergency signing of Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland following the deadline day sale of Andy Carroll.
The reason for this change in strategy is likely - as always with Newcastle - related to their pursuit of bargain buys. The loan market presents a near risk-free way of adding a new player to your side. If you like what you see, you can make the deal permanent and likewise if you don't then no transfer fee is wasted.
Sensible economics but not sensible football. As aforementioned, Newcastle aren't the most prolific of teams and were in dire need of a striker to supplement the loan signing of Remy in the summer, but instead chose to take their chances in the hope of getting a better deal in the new year.
It might all work out in the end but if Loic Remy is to get injured then Newcastle are in deep trouble.