Premier League giants set to battle it out for Loic Remy…
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Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle it out for QPR owned striker Loic Remy, who has performed excellently for Newcastle on loan last term, reports the Daily Star.
The 27-year-old scored 14 goals in 24 Premier League starts after being leant to the Magpies, and his performances have merited the interest of two clubs who will be competing in next season’s Champions League.
The interest has grown as the striker has an £8m release clause, which seems incredibly good value for a player of international pedigree. In 22 games for France, he’s scored just the four goals, but is still part of Dider Deschamp’s World Cup squad for this summer.
Following QPR’s promotion back to the Premier League though, it’s not completely inconceivable that Remy will stay in London, but the striker himself has previously claimed that he harbours ambitions to play for of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“Nowadays, without being pretentious, I might be able to play for a bigger club, a top-five European club,” he said in March, reported by the Daily Mail.
“I do not know… Yes, I will be part of the European top five, or I will be part of a very large club. I’m sure of what I can do. I can still be much better.”
Arsenal badly need to sign a striker this summer, as Yaya Sanogo has yet to score a goal for the club, and Nicklas Bendtner is leaving on a free transfer when his contract expires. Arsene Wenger only has Olivier Giroud to choose from then, and Remy would provide the side with an excellent backup or rotation option.
Liverpool on the other hand have two of the best strikers in Europe already on their books in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The finished first and second in the Premier League goalscoring charts, but the Reds have very little in terms of backup if one of them is injured or suspended.
Remy then would provide this, and strengthen a thin squad ahead of their Champions League campaign in 2014/15.
The forward has bagged 91 career goals, and enjoyed stints at Lyon, Lens, Nice and Marseille before he moved to England.