Newcastle United are launching a bid for Marseille striker Loic Remy.

The Daily Mail says Newcastle will step up their pursuit of Remy after Demba Ba's departure to Chelsea.

The 26-year-old France striker, who has scored 82 goals in six years in the French league, was identified as Newcastle's top target even before Ba left.

Newcastle are hoping to see off late interest from QPR and West Ham to land Remy.