Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy is set to become Liverpool’s fifth major signing of the summer…
Loic Remy is expected to meet up with the Liverpool squad in America over the next couple of days to undergo a medical after the Merseysiders agreed a fee with Queens Park Rangers.
The striker has a release clause in his Loftus Road contract, worth either £8m or £8.5m depending on who you believe, which allows him to join a club in the Champions League.
With the Reds matching the specified amount, agreeing personal terms now looks to be the only major stumbling block to overcome before the deal can be concluded.
Remy’s addition will be a welcome boost to the Reds’ forward line after they sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona and allowed Iago Aspas to join Sevilla on loan.
A £14m bid for another attacking player, Fabio Borini, was also accepted over the weekend but it remains to be seen if the Italian international is open to a permanent switch to Sunderland, with whom he spent last season on loan.
Remy, 27, will provide Liverpool with a wealth of top-level experience after several seasons spent playing in the Champions League for former club Marseille.
The pacy frontman also has 24 international caps to his name and was part of the France squad that reached the quarter-finals of the recent World Cup in Brazil, making two substitute appearances.
Remy joined QPR in January 2013 but, despite notching six goals in 14 appearances, he couldn’t prevent the Hoops from being relegated from the Premier League.
Consequently the one-time Lyon player spent last season on loan at Newcastle United where he scored 14 times in 27 games.
Remy made a big impact at St James’ Park and his goals return was even more impressive than it looks given the Magpies’ inconsistent form and the fact he was often played out wide.
His arrival will, should it happen, take Liverpool’s summer spending towards the £70m mark, but Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is far from done with Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren and Belgium youngster Divock Origi expected to follow.
The Northern Irishman also remains in the market for a left-back despite running out of patience in his pursuit of Alberto Moreno and seemingly losing out to Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Ben Davies from Swansea City.
Remy, who will compete with Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert for a starting birth, was also thought to be interesting Arsenal and Spurs.
Remy is an established and proven centre-forward who will be a welcome addition to Liverpool’s squad. The fee also represents a bit of a bargain, relatively speaking at least, when considering his quality and the fact he is in the prime of his career. Remy is an explosive forward, who is capable of scoring some fantastic goals, but he also has the technique and awareness required to play in other positions and create chances for team mates. There are some similarities in style with Sturridge and if Remy can have half the impact of the England man he will prove to be a wise signing.
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