Magpies boss Alan Pardew had hoped to bring Remy back on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell, scoring 14 league goals in 24 starts.

But interest from Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool have reduced their chances, with the Frenchman revealing his desire of playing in the Champions League.

Newcastle are desperate to sign a consistent goalscorer and have now turned their attention to Bent - who has scored 106 top-flight goals.

The England striker cost Villa £24m in 2011 and, despite scoring 21 league goals in 54 outings, spent last season out on loan at relegated Fulham.

The Villains are keen to offload the 30-year-old due to his high £60,000-a-week wages and would be open to a cut-price offer.

Mike Ashley definitely have the funds to bring him to St James' Park and Bent has already ruled out a return to the Cottagers in the summer.