According to reports, Arsenal have been in touch with the agent of Loic Remy in regards to signing the France international at the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger’s side are well placed top end their wait for silverware this season, as they sit just a point behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title. And whilst few expect them to overcome current holders Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, they face Everton in the quarter-final of the FA Cup next month.
However, fans are hardly optimistic over their chances, due mainly to the failure to sign a top striker during the past two transfer windows. Mesut Ozil, the club record £42.5million signing from Real Madrid, may be able to pull the strings from midfield, but the playmaker has little target in the way of a frontman making those decisive runs.
Olivier Giroud has been the Gunners main forward this season, but he only has 10 league games whilst his deputy, Nicklas Bendtner, was deemed surplus to requirements just last summer. Yaya Sanogo is another option, but he is largely untested and was playing in the second tier of French football last season. Alternative types of leaders of the front line include Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott, but the latter is injured and the German has yet to convince.
How Wenger must wish he has someone like Remy to call upon. The 27-year-old joined Queens Park Rangers last January, but following their relegation from the Premier League, he joined Newcastle United on loan for the duration of the current campaign, and he has responded by scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances thus far.
According to The Metro, this has not gone unnoticed by the Arsenal coach, who has supposedly set the wheels in motion in regards to a summer transfer. It is suggested that the London club have been in touch with Remy’s agent about a possible switch when the window reopens, for a fee which is likely to be in the region of £9million.
This would be a huge blow to Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, but he will be realistic enough to accept that the Gunners, who can offer the striker a life in the capital and Champions League football, would be too much of a temptation to refuse. QPR boss Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, has already stated that he doesn’t expect the former Marseille star to return to Loftus Road, even if they bounce straight back to the Premier League.