Chelsea striker Loic Remy has been given permission to hold talks with London club West Ham United.
With Jose Mourinho eager to sign Radamel Falcao, Remy is desperate to force a move away from Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun & this report. New Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, as Express Sport reported earlier this week has made Remy one of his top targets.
Remy, who was signed last season from QPR for around 10 million pounds, was primarily Chelsea’s second choice striker, playing second fiddle to Diego Costa for most of the season. However, Remy came good whenever he was given the opportunity, scoring 7 goals from 21 appearances in the league, out of which he started only six.
His contribution has been essential whenever Costa was suspended, or missing due to injury. His vital match-winning goals against Hull City and Stoke City, in Costa’s absence, was crucial to Chelsea’s title victory. Even on the last day of the season, Remy hit two impressive goals against Sunderland, reminding everyone of his scoring ability.
But with the impending signing of Falcao, Remy has realised that he would become Chelsea’s third-choice striker, a role he is not willing to play. Taking note of the situation, new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has made Remy one of his transfer priorities for the coming season. He is said to be keen on building a team around Remy.
Remy has also been strongly linked with another London club, Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew, who was Remy’s manager at Saint James’ Park, when the Frenchman was on loan at Newcastle United in the 2013-14 season, is keen to reunite with Remy. According to Mirror Sport, Alan Pardew is planning an audacious bid to move the French striker to Palace. Loic Remy is believed to be open to any move away from Chelsea, as long as he gets to play in the first team regularly. However West Ham seem better placed to sign the ex Marseille man.
Radamel Falcao has been a bigger name in the footballing fraternity prior to his Old Trafford days, and Jose Mourinho will surely be able to help him regain his old form, but Remy is a great goal scorer who proved his credentials last season whenever he was called upon to do the job. Moreover, he is well proven in this current Chelsea side, with the current players. Falcao will definitely be a great addition, but letting Remy go may not be a sensible thing to do, especially all he has done in Costa’s absence.
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Edited By: Ojas