Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admitted he was keen to sign Loic Remy before the French striker decided to join Newcastle.
Remy linked up with Newcastle on a season-long loan in the summer and will lead the Magpies' attack in tonight's Premier League clash against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Laudrup has revealed he was also pursuing the QPR player, who has already netted eight goals for Newcastle this season.
"He's really a player. I like him a lot," he said. "He was one of the players I was interested in last summer. There's no doubt about that.
"He is a player that I like. He has everything. He has speed, individual quality and goals."
Swansea have struggled in front of their own fans, but have performed well on the road, picking up three away wins already this campaign.
Laudrup is unconcerned by the home form as long as the team continue to amass a healthy points total.
"We can't rely on always winning away, of course, and we now have two games at home," he said.
"The last time we had that we got four points against Sunderland and West Ham, and I think at least we should have the same this time. If we can get six I will take that.
"But I look a lot at the number of points, not so much where and when we get them.
"I agree normally the majority of teams have to pick up more points at home and in our case it's the other way round, but we have three away wins and we have to be happy with that.
"We have 15 points. If we can get to 19 or 21 points in the next few days that will be great and we will still have four games to get more points in the first half of the season.
"Of course if we can get six points from these two games then great, but if we don't get them here and we win at Norwich, I will take that as well.
"I would like to win at home every time but at the end of the day it's about points. We are only having this discussion because normally teams get more points at home."