The Reds have agreed a deal with the France international for a four-year contract understood to be worth £80,000 per week from Queen’s Park Rangers for a fee of £8.5 million for the 27-year-old but the Hoops are reportedly now plotting a move to sign Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer after Chelsea released the Cameroon international.
However, Eto’o will be required to take a pay cut if he wishes to join QPR but the 33-year-old former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan striker is understood to be keen to stay in London and in the Premier League.
Eto’o left Stamford Bridge after a high profile falling out with manager Jose Mourinho before the World Cup. The Portuguese coach had been critical of the Blues’ strikers during last season for their lacklustre displays but with the arrival of Diego Costa for £32 million, there was no need for the Blues to extend Eto’o’s deal at the Bridge.
Premier League newcomers QPR have already signed defenders Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand along with Ravel Morrison on loan from West Ham. Manager Harry Redknapp opted to move on a number of players off the club’s books to keep the wage bill down after their spending spree to stay up in 2012/13, to no avail.
Yossi Benayoun, Julio Cesar, Tom Hitchcock, Aaron Hughes, Sam Magri and Michael Petrasso have left the club and following his completion of a medical with Liverpool on Wednesday night, Loic Remy is expected to be unveiled as the Reds’ latest addition from the London outfit.