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Pardew not dwelling on Remy

Alan Pardew is refusing to rue the one that got away as Newcastle attempt to drag themselves to Premier League safety at QPR.

The Magpies thought they had landed Marseille striker Loic Remy in January as a replacement for Demba Ba following his departure for Chelsea.

However, Rangers ultimately persuaded the 26-year-old to head for the capital instead with a budget-busting pay-packet, and Pardew was forced to make do and mend.

Newcastle have already indicated that they are unlikely to renew their interest in Remy if, as seems likely, he is made available this summer following QPR's relegation, but the Magpies manager could be forgiven for wondering how different the season might have been had he got his man.

Pardew said: "I think we would have scored more and conceded fewer if he had signed. But he didn't."

Pardew will not pay particular attention to the £8million Frenchman on Sunday with Bobby Zamora, with whom he worked during their time together at West Ham, as big a danger in his opinion.

However, having done his homework, he knows what a threat Remy will pose as Newcastle attempt to secure just their second away league win of the season and one which would leave FA Cup finalists Wigan on the brink.

He said: "I am as worried about him as I am about Zamora, who I know very well.

"The fact that we lost out on Loic Remy was a major blow to our season. We lost our main goalscorer in Demba Ba and he was our replacement.

"We felt he was going to sign for us and then at the last minute, he changed his mind, and that was a particular blow."


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