Everton linked with a move for reported Arsenal target Loic Remy

Loic Remy

Queens Park Rangers look set to let Loic Remy leave, and Everton have reportedly set their sights on acquiring his services.

The 27-year old striker, who was named in France's World Cup squad, has spent the season on loan at Newcastle United, scoring an impressive 14 goals in 26 games. His successful season has called the attention of his services to several Premier League clubs, with the Magpies attempting to complete a permanent deal for the Frenchman, and also Arsenal, who are in need of a new striker.

But now it appears Roberto Martinez is preparing to move for the striker, with Everton set to lose Romelu Lukaku as his loan deal from Chelsea expires. The Belgian wonder-kid is still uncertain of his future, with a move to Tottenham rumoured, although Chelsea may also use him as a makeweight in the £32million deal for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.

As it appears unlikely that Lukaku will be back at Goodison Park next season, the Express is reporting that head coach Martinez is willing to pay Remy's £8million release-clause.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that keeping hold of Remy will be almost impossible, with Premier League football still not secured for those involved at Loftus Road, and the financial windfall received too good for the club to turn down as the burden of FFP lingers.

When probed on the subject, Redknapp told the Fulham Chronicle: "Remy wants to play Champions League football next season, so they tell me. The chances of us keeping him are not great if he's got a buy-out clause.

“He’s done well at Newcastle, and one or two other big clubs are trying to get him, so there’s every chance he will go."

Remy is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal, having been seen at the Emirates Stadium with international team-mate Bacary Sagna during the Gunners' 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Arsene Wenger is searching for a top-class striker to offer backup for Olivier Giroud, with former Gunner Carlos Vela on the verge of re-signing to the North London club according to reports.

While Everton cannot offer the lure of Champions League football, a chance to experience a first-team spot in the Europa League may still be too good for the Frenchman to refuse. Roberto Martinez must also be attempting to finalise his transfer business prior to the World Cup, with Remy likely to lead the front-line as France search for success in Brazil.

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