QPR are close to selling striker Loic Remy to Chelsea in a £ 10 million deal according to manager Harry Redknapp. Redknapp did not select the Frenchman for the 1-0 win over Sunderland during the weekend. Just hours kick-off, it emerged that Chelsea had activated the release clause in Remy’s contract. The 27-year-old was the club’s record signing in 2012 after joining for £ 8 million. Even though he has featured in less than 20 league appearances for QPR, Remy has been hit in the Premier league after scoring 14 goals in 27 matches for Newcastle last season.
Remy appeared destined to stay at QPR after he failed a medical ahead of a proposed move to Liverpool a few weeks. Even though club like Arsenal and Tottenham are also interested in him, Chelsea have become the first to come in with an official offer.
This was after the London club lost the services of Fernando Torres, who joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal. Chelsea boss José Mourinho has consistently stated that he wanted three strikers in the squad. The addition of Remy completes the set with Didier Drogba and Diego Costa being the other names at the club.
The move is expected to be completed within the transfer deadline day. “I didn’t see it coming at all. Maybe I’m a bit naive but I was hoping he would be with us, he’s a good player and he’s important to us. He didn’t refuse to play today, I just felt when people rang me up at 12 o’clock – I didn’t know anything before 12 – I needed 11 people whose mind was on getting points for QPR and to be fair to him his head is not going to be right today,” said the QPR manager after seeing his team pick up the first win of the season.