Premier League - Newcastle consider swoops for Bent, Remy

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed his interest in Darren Bent and Loic Remy as he looks for striking reinforcements.

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However, the 51-year-old has admitted they are only two of a series of potential targets the club is considering with the start of the new Premier League campaign looming.

Pardew told the Northern Echo: "Both of those players are on our list. I make no bones about that.

"But they are under contract at other clubs. It's difficult, you have to be careful. It's nice for our fans to hear names, but I don't want to disrupt other clubs' preparations.

"We have a list of four or five strikers who will push [Papiss] Cisse, Shola [Ameobi], Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran because that will be important next season.

"We do need two strikers. Last year, I didn't think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team."

Bent appears to have no future at Aston Villa, who paid an initial £18million to lure him from Sunderland in January 2011, although Christian Benteke's transfer request has left manager Paul Lambert in a difficult position.

Newcastle thought they had landed £8million France international Remy in January, only for the Marseille man to opt for a more lucrative deal at QPR instead.

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