The Toffees are to challenge Wenger’s men for QPR’s Remy.
QPR striker and Newcastle United loanee Loic Remy has been a long-term target for Arsenal but now Everton have entered the race for the Frenchman, reports the Telegraph.
The Toffees have become interested in the £10.5m rated Remy as they feel Chelsea’s valuation of Romelu Lukaku is too expensive for them.
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The Belgian has enjoyed a successful season on-loan at Merseyside this year and with Jose Mourinho not seeing the 20-year-old in his long-term plans, Lukaku could well be sold this summer.
However, with great interest in the forward the Blues are demanding £20m for the starlet, a price that would break the Merseysiders’ club record transfer fee.
That is why manager Roberto Martinez is looking at other options and has identified Remy due to the fact there is a buy-out clause in the 27-year-old’s contract.
With competition from the Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur it could make persuading the France international difficult, although Martinez’s men do have a very realistic chance of finishing in the Champions League places ahead of the north London rivals this term.
The Spaniard is understandably a huge fan of Lukaku’s, with the Belgium international having scored 13 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions, but remains realistic about landing the attacker on a permanent deal.
“If next season is only domestic competitions then that is one approach, if it is Europe it is a completely different approach and it will depend a lot on the three parties’ conversation,” Martinez said.
“The parent club has a big say and the player will have a big say. All I’m concentrating on is that the loan has been a big success. That is down to the eight games [remaining] to fulfil the promise.”