Tottenham open talks with £9m Premier League striker - but he wants Arsenal move instead

Loic Remy

Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has reportedly agreed a deal with Tottenham - but would rather play for their rivals Arsenal.

Remy, 27, has spent the last year on loan at Newcastle United, and enjoyed a productive loan spell on Tyneside, notching 13 goals in some impressive displays for the Magpies. However, those performances have unsurprisingly attracted interest from bigger clubs, and Alan Pardew's side simply can't compete for his permanent signature.

The former Marseille man is set to feature for France at this summer's World Cup, and it appeared that most of the interested teams were willing to wait and see how he performed in Brazil before making a bid to sign him - only for Tottenham to steal a march on their rivals by reportedly matching his release clause.

The £9m offer from Mauricio Pochettino's men means Remy is free to leave Loftus Road for good, and Spurs are wise to look in Remy's direction having witnessed last summer's big signing Roberto Soldado struggle to find the back of the net at White Hart Lane. An injection of pace up front is certainly needed for Spurs, and Remy could be just the man to provide it.

Goal today reported that Remy has opened talks with Pochettino and co, with the North London side confident of landing Remy on a four-year contract. it seems that little will be decided until after the World Cup, and whilst some may believe that it's simply because Remy wants to focus on impressing for Didier Deschamps' French side, reports suggest that there are other factors in play.

It's being speculated that Remy is holding off committing to Tottenham until he has gauged interest from their fierce rivals Arsenal. The Gunners are another team desperately seeking attacking reinforcements, and after Remy was spotted at Arsenal's final home game of the season against West Brom, it was all but assumed that he would be heading to the Emirates Stadium.

The news could serve as a blow to Spurs, who won't want to wait around whilst Remy makes up his mind - particularly as he could be choosing between them and Arsenal. And with Champions League football on the table with Arsene Wenger's side, it's doubtful that Pochettino could land Remy if it came down to a straight fight between the two clubs.

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