Where next for Loïc Rémy after the collapse of his Liverpool move?
After the eleventh-hour collapse of his proposed transfer to Liverpool the French striker needs a club - here are five destinations at which he may end up
Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Loïc Rémy’s situation is more akin to a man crawling on an interminably slow-moving motorway shorn of all its exits.
The wantaway QPR striker was on the verge of an £8m move to Liverpool before the deal fell through. Personal terms had been agreed, and the Frenchman had been handed Luis Suarez’ No 7 shirt before the Anfield club’s 11-hour withdrawal.
Harry Redknapp appeared to suggest however that the downfall of Rémy’s move was not due to any medical issue.
“All the talk of a medical issue doesn’t make sense to me,” said the QPR manager.
"It can't be a medical (issue) because he's never been unfit. It's not possible. It certainly didn't make any sense - there has to be another reason. It can't be a medical issue.
"There must have been some kind of breakdown or they've decided to move in another direction.”
Loic Remy was close to a move to Liverpool before the deal fell through
The collapse of the deal leaves Rémy adrift, at the whim of a man and club for whom he has little desire to play. Both parties may eventually be forced into swallowing their respective doses of pride and remaining locked in an awkward, unwilling embrace. Yet if the QPR boss decides to shop Rémy around again, there will be no shortage of willing suitors lining up for his services.
Here are five clubs who would surely accept an injury-prone yet talented striker with open arms.
Alan Pardew was reportedly thwarted in his first attempt this summer to bring Remy back to St James’ Park following his successful loan spell last season. Anfield was clearly the more attractive destination for the striker – unsurprisingly, given that Liverpool’s imminent Champions League campaign. However, after that move failed to materialise the Magpies may represent the next-best option. They desperately need a striker and Rémy desperately needs a home – and the potential Gallic Rémy partnership of Cabella and Loïc has a dangerous look to it.
The south coast club would appear on first, second and third glances to be an ideal fit for Rémy. Shorn of their prize forwards in Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, who looks to be on his way to White Hart Lane Southampton need to find a replacement fast – and preferably one who fits new manager Ronald Koeman’s style of play. Rémy is nimble-footed, fast over the ground and technically sound – all qualities that will appeal to the Dutchman.
Rémy’s former club are a pale imitation of the force that once bestrode the European game. Nor are they as strong as they were when the French international was leading their line, having endured a chaotic season under Elie Baup. But with the enigmatic Chilean Marcelo Bielsa now in charge, fortunes may be looking up on the French Riviera. Marseille cannot offer European football in 2014/15 for the first time in a decade – but the lure of the Stade Velodrome atmosphere and the comfort of a homecoming might be enough to convince Rémy to rejoin the club he left in 2013.
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Jay Rodriguez appears to set for a move to North London, but with only Emmanuel Adebayor and the unproven Harry Kane currently occupying their striking ranks Spurs still appear short of quality forwards. Rémy would add movement to what was all too often a static, cumbersome side last season, forcing the likes of Jan Vertonghen to keep the ball on the grass instead of launching it high in the general direction of the beanpole-esque Togolese centre-forward.
The multi-billion Euro project is not quite working out as envisaged in the Principality, with Monaco’s marquee names seemingly content to stay for a season and rake in the lucrative deals on offer before heading as fast as possible for pastures more ambitious. Even Claudio Ranieri has found the atmosphere of massive money and tiny crowds too claustrophobic, departing to take over as Greece coach. But if Rémy is to head out on loan again Monaco could well be an ideal option – particularly now that Radamel Falcao looks like he will spend the season on loan at Real Madrid. Monaco need a forward and they will pay over and above the market rate.
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