By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Newcastle have opened preliminary talks with Chelsea about a loan move for Loic Remy, Football Insider sources understand.

The Chelsea striker has been struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge and a move back to his former club could be on the cards.

Newcastle have scored only 19 goals this season and are in the market for a proven scorer as they attempt to battle relegation.

A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that the Londoners are willing to allow their 2014 signing to leave on loan for the rest of the season and discussions have started with Steve McClaren’s team.

 The 29-year-old Frenchman scored 14 goals in 26 games on Tyneside during a previous loan spell from Queens Park Rangers in the 2013/14 campaign.

Remy has made only four starts in all competitions for Chelsea this season as he has been reduced to a fringe role, scoring three goals.

The expected departure of Remy in the January window could mean that the west Londoners are preparing to a recruit another striker this month.

Rookie Patrick Bamford returned to Stamford Bridge last week after cutting short his loan spell at Crystal Palace but Chelsea’s only two senior strikers if Remy left would be Diego Costa and the injured Radamel Falcao.