Last Updated: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:20
Newcastle have reportedly increased their bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis to £6.9m and asked to take QPR hitman Loic Remy on loan.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has made no secret of his desire to sign the 27-year-old France international, Gomis, who has already snubbed the chance to join their Premier League rivals Swansea in this transfer window.
Lyon have intimated that they would be ready to sell Gomis, who is into the final year of his contract at the Stade de Gerland, but are thought to be looking for just over £10 million for his signature which would see any potential suitor have to pay £8.4 million up front with the rest in add-ons.
Newcastle's bid falls short of that figure but they will no doubt try and get the French Ligue 1 outfit to drop their valuation.
Meanwhile Newcastle are also thought to have approached relegated QPR about taking France forward, Remy, on a one-year loan deal.
The striker, who snubbed the Magpies for Loftus Road in January, is looking to jump ship following the R's drop into the Championship at the end of last season.
Remy is on big money with the Londoners so Newcastle could possibly pay something towards them if he moved to St James' Park this season, while he may return to the R's if Harry Redknapp's men make an immediate return to the top-flight next May.
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