Loic Remy won’t be short of options if Chelsea agree to let him leave the club on loan during the January transfer window, according to reports.
Sky Sports believe the France international is keen to secure a temporary exit from Stamford Bridge before next week’s deadline, as he looks to find regular first team football. This is something he found difficult to come by under Jose Mourinho, as his situation hasn’t improved much since the Portuguese coach was sacked and replaced by Guus Hiddink in December.
Remy has made just one Premier League start this season, but when asked if he would allow the former Queens Park Rangers striker to leave on loan, Hiddink said earlier this month: “He will stay until the end of the season. I have seen little of him because he repeatedly fell into injury. I am curious. I hope Remy picks it up. I hope he will deliver if he is needed.”
Despite this, it is understood that the player still hopes to force a loan move in the coming days, and a number of clubs are said to be interested. Amongst these are Newcastle United, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season when he scored 14 goals in 26 appearances, and Crystal Palace who are coached by then-Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
Leicester City have also been credited with an interest in Remy, as they look to consolidate their place in the top-four and even make a push for the most unlikeliest title success in recent memory. But according to Sky, Claudio Ranieri will not be making a move for the former Marseille man, despite allowing Andrej Kramaric to join Hoffenheim on loan last week.
Instead, the King Power Stadium club have entered talks with Serie A side Sampdoria about the possibility of signing Eder. Sky Italia claim Leicester are prepared to offer the 29-year-old a three-year contract worth around £29,000-per-week, but the stumbling block could be the valuation of the player, with his current employers said to want a fee of £10million.