After failed Arsenal and Liverpool deals, striker set for £8m Chelsea move, manager confirms

Loic Remy

Before today's game with Sunderland, QPR boss Harry Redknapp confirmed that striker Loic Remy is on the verge of an £8m move to Chelsea.

Chelsea have so far been busy revamping their strike force this summer, with Jose Mourinho snapping up Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa in a £32m deal, before bringing in former Blues hero Didier Drogba whilst allowing Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukau to leave the club.

That overhaul appears set to continue with the departure of Fernando Torres to AC Milan, and his replacement looks set to be confirmed as QPR's French international Loic Remy.

The 27-year-old impressed with Newcastle United last season having scored 13 goals for the Magpies, but his goalscoring exploits unsurprisingly attracted interest from elsewhere.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool saw moves for Remy collapse over wages or medical concerns, but Chelsea appear to be on the verge of striking a deal to bring him across West London according to Rangers boss Harry Redknapp.

"I just got a phone call at about 12 o'clock today - he was going to play - to say it looks like he's going to be moving," said Redknapp. "I spoke to the boy. It's difficult - the deal looks like it's probably done. I had to make a change in the team.

"He didn't refuse to play, I just felt it's difficult if he's getting a move tonight and signing for another team to go out there with his head around playing today. I felt it's better if we go with someone who's going to be here and part of what we're doing, and got nothing else going on in his head."

Redknapp was when asked if the team in question was Chelsea, and the former Spurs boss replied: "As far as I know, yeah."

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