French striker looks all set to complete an £8m move to Stamford Bridge…
Chelsea will finalise a deal for Loic Remy this evening, QPR manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed, Goal reports.
The Blues have sent Fernando Torres on loan to AC Milan for two seasons, meaning they look worryingly short up top with only two days of the transfer window remaining.
However, Redknapp claims that a deal will go through tonight, presumably after Chelsea’s away trip to Everton at Goodison Park.
“I just got a phone call at about 12 o’clock today – he was going to play – but it looks like he’s going to be moving,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“I spoke to the boy. It’s difficult – the deal looks like it’s probably done. I had to make a change in the team.
“He didn’t refuse to play, I just felt it’s difficult if he’s getting a move tonight and signing for another team to go out there with his head around playing today.
“I felt it’s better if we go with someone who’s going to be here and part of what we’re doing, and got nothing else going on in his head.”
When asked if Chelsea were the team close to a deal, he replied: “As far as I know, yeah.”
Remy will now compete with Didier Drogba and Diego Costa for a Chelsea starting spot, with Jose Mourinho likely to deploy one spearhead striker.
Remy is quick, and prides himself on his ability to finish off either foot. Last term, he bagged 14 Premier League goals with Newcastle, showing that for his £8m release clause, this seems like a sensible investment for the Blues.
The Frenchman was close to a move to Liverpool earlier in the summer, but the Reds pulled out of a deal after complications around the player’s medical.
In all likelihood, his signing will be Chelsea’s last of the summer.