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Pardew doubts Newcastle can sign Remy

ESPN staff
February 24, 2014
Loic Remy's strike gave Newcastle their first home victory of 2014 © Getty Images

Alan Pardew admits he is resigned to the likelihood on Newcastle missing out on a permenant deal for Loic Remy, who he has compared to Johann Cruyff and Denis Bergkamp.

On-loan Remy produced another vital performance at the weekend as he fired an injury-time winner over Aston Villa, leading Pardew to make the comparison with two of football's most iconic strikers.

Remy is on loan from Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers but Pardew is under no illusions the Frenchman's form means it is highly unlikely he will stay at Newcastle beyond the summer, with the likes of Arsenal recently being linked with the striker.

"I think that's fairly obvious," Pardew told reporters when asked whether Newcastle faced a battle to keep the Frenchman. "Somebody just said to me the game seemed a little bit slower when he was on the ball and I think when you get a quality player that's what they can do.

"Players like Cruyff and Bergkamp, they can slow the game down and he can do that.

"He's going to be hot property, he's going to get a lot of press tomorrow and I'm going to leave him out the next 11."

Pardew came into the clash at Aston Villa with rumours circulating about his future following four games without a win, though he admits he took the reports with a pinch of salt.

"I was little bit happier after it went in than I was prior to it going in," he continued. "I thought the media have been a bit miserable this week. A couple of the reports were definitely aimed at putting me under pressure which I thought was little bit unfair.

"There's pressure enough in this job without having a couple of stories that were untrue so it was a little bit of a smile to them too - cheer up, let's move on."

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