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Chelsea star and international striker targeted by new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic

Recently-appointed West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is targeting Chelsea star Loic Remy as one of his first signings, reports the Daily Express.

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The France international has struggled for regular game time at Stamford Bridge. He has been playing second fiddle to Diego Costa for the Blues, and only managed 668 minutes in the Premier League during the last campaign.

The 28-year-old did manage to impress in that short time though, scoring seven goals.

This has left him frustrated at a lack of chances with the Premier League champions. With Chelsea being linked to a move for AS Monaco centre-forward Radamel Falcao by the Metro, it also looks unlikely that there will be more chances next time round. If anything Remy could be relegated to third-choice behind the Manchester United flop.

Jose Mourinho may ask for Hammers forward Enner Valencia in return for their backup striker, but it is unlikely that the East London outfit will let the Ecuadorian leave unless a significant amount of cash is on offer. The Express believes they rate the 25-year-old at around £30 million. This would be a significant amount for Chelsea to spend on a player who 0nly managed to score five goals in 37 appearances under Sam Allardyce last season.

Bilic will have to make his move soon though, with the Upton Park side starting their season on July 2. This is after they qualified for the Europa League through the Fair Play League, which secures teams a spot in the first qualifying round.

It remains to be seen whether the Hammers will be successful in their bid for Remy, with both Swansea City, Southampton, and Crystal Palace, whose manager Alan Pardew has worked with Remy before, interested in the former Newcastle United man according to the Daily Mirror.

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