Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear has revealed he expects to finalise a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy in the next 48 hours and that they are in talks with Aston Villa about Darren Bent.
Kinnear is working hard to bring in new signings before the start of the new season and they have lined up deals for strike duo Remy and Bent.
Newcastle are thought to have approached QPR about a loan deal for French international Remy and Kinnear is confident of sealing a move for the player early next week.
Asked if the club were close to signing Remy, Kinnear told Sky Sports News: "Yeah I think very much, so I would like to think we are very, very close to agreeing that.
"I would think maybe Monday or Tuesday we will be a position to say yea or nay, but I am very happy about how that deal is going at the moment."
Kinnear admitted talks are ongoing regarding signing former Sunderland striker Bent, but that they face competition for the England international with Fulham also reported to be chasing Bent.
"We were with Darren's agent for two or three hours, we thrashed out a deal
"We are still in negotiations with Aston Villa so there is a really strong possibility there.
"Again I hear the latest is that somebody else has all of a sudden shown interest in the player so we have competition from various clubs around the country, but I am not letting go.
"These are players that me and Alan [Pardew] have spoken about. These are players that we've all agreed at the club are the type of player we want to bring to Newcastle."