Chelsea striker nearing departure as London rivals close in on transfer swoop

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Loic Remy is nearing an exit from Chelsea, with Crystal Palace closing in on the signing of the French international.

Remy made only six starts in the Premier League last season, and while that total was supplemented by 13 substitute showings, the forward has grown unhappy with his lack of first-team opportunities and playing minutes [Daily Star].

The striker remains a menacing prospect in the EPL—he scored seven goals in only 668 playing minutes last term—but doesn’t appear to have a place in Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The Portuguese coach may have seen Didier Drogba depart during the offseason, but rather than give Remy his opportunity to shine, he opted to recruit Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, despite the Colombian’s underwhelming showing with Manchester United last term.

However, Remy’s unhappiness at Stamford Bridge may soon be coming to an end, with the Express reporting that Crystal Palace are nearing a deal for the French international.

West Ham United, Newcastle United and Besiktas have already been linked with a move for the forward [Express], although Alan Pardew—who once signed Remy during his time at St. James’ Park—looks set to win the race.

The coach has already succeeded in bringing Yohan Cabaye—another Newcastle alumni—to Palace [BBC], and is clearly keen to extend the Magpies reunion to acquire Remy for his Selhurst Park revolution.

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