Wenger still has his heart set on bringing Loic Remy (centre) to the Emirates.
Arsenal plan Loic Remy transfer hijack as West Ham and Liverpool talks stall
Nice striker Loic Remy could be making a surprise switch to Arsenal this summer after reports that Arsene Wenger has been tapping up his French connections to scupper the attempts of West Ham United and Liverpool.
The in-demand forward has already been the subject of a £12.5million bid from the Hammers, which was turned down last week, while Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has also had scouts watching the player.
However, with Nice stalling on discussions with both English clubs, Wenger is considering a late attempt to snatch the highly-rated 23-year-old from under the noses of his Premier League rivals.
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The latest speculation suggests a meeting between Remy’s agent Frederic Guerra and Arsenal will take place on Wednesday, with a view to further talks going ahead before the end of July.
Guerra said: “A major club from the Premier League have contacted me about Loic.
“I have a meeting with the club and we will see what happens.
“Whatever happens Loic will be leaving Nice this summer and he has his heart set on England.” (Metro)
It does seem that Liverpool’s attempts to nab the Nice man may well have failed and given that West Ham are also apparently unwilling to up their asking price it would seem that Arsenal are in the driving seat in the pursuit of the French international who Arsene Wenger clearly rates as a player wiorth investing in.
The 23 year old is definitely leaving his club and as long as the north London club are willing to pay the right price the player will be there’s. Having sold Eduardo to Shakhtar Donetsk there would be space for the former Lyon man and its all a case of whether Wenger is willing to pay the £13.5m valuation for a player who may well be nothing more than a back up to begin with.
The Gunners still have a myriad of striking options including Robin Van Persie, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela plus the likes of Sanchez Watt coming through the club’s academy.