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Liverpool target Chelsea forward Loic Remy as Blues bench-warmer considers exit

Anfield side ready to register interest if French international puts in transfer request.

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Loic Remy’s situation at Chelsea amid speculation that the French international may demand a summer transfer.

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The former QPR and Newcastle United man was brought in by Jose Mourinho last August and was something of a bit-part player last term, used primarily as a back-up to first choice starter Diego Costa, and now the 28 year old is considering his options.

Brendan Rodgers was interested in Remy last summer but Chelsea stumped up the £10.5m needed to trigger the former Marseille man’s release clause and when called upon the striker proved effective.

Remy made just 19 Premier League appearances in 2014/15, and 13 of those were from the bench, but the Chelsea man still managed to net seven goals.

Talk of Mourinho looking to bring in another forward, sparked by the Blues manager’s public intention to do so (Via Sky Sports), will have left Remy concerned for his role in the Chelsea first-team set-up.

Speculation is rife concerning Chelsea’s push to bring in Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco and Mourinho is also said to be interested in QPR forward Charlie Austin, leaving Remy open to a possible departure from the Premier League champions.

Brendan Rodgers could well do with a fresh, effective, goal-scoring option with last summer’s signings, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, both proving major disappointments.

Rodgers retains strong ties with Mourinho and Chelsea from his time as a coach at the Stamford Bridge and may hope that these links could aid his pursuit of Remy.

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