Report: Crystal Palace plotting surprise Chelsea transfer raid

Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on signing Chelsea forward Loic Remy in the summer.

Remy arrived at Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window, but has been afforded few opportunities in West London.

Signing from QPR, Remy arrived in the knowledge that he would be a back-up striker to Diego Costa. Costa has been exceptional in front of goal this term, and he was always going to be the starting striker following his transfer from Atletico Madrid.

With Remy vying with Didier Drogba for a second-choice standing, many would have expected the France international to be utilised as first backup, but things have not progressed like that. At the start of the season he was deputising well, but an injury suffered in a Champions League tie left Drogba as the only available striker, and he impressed enough to work his way into the deputy role. Drogba has netted six goals in 32 appearances this term, while Remy has one fewer strike to his name in 23 games.

Although Drogba will likely leave the club permanently in the summer, edging Remy up the pecking order, it has been reported that the Blues are keen on signing another striker to provide further competition to Costa. Mauro Icardi has been heavily linked, according to the Mirror, and that could leave Remy even further away from the first-team.

With the Frenchman’s availability somewhat up in the air, a report in TMW has claimed that Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Crystal Palace are preparing an offer for him in the summer, with head coach Alan Pardew a big fan of the striker. It is stated that Remy has been placed at the top of Pardew’s transfer list for the summer, and he could move for him in the coming months.

The Palace boss has previously worked with the 28-year-old at Newcastle United, with Remy netting 14 Premier League goals during a productive season-long loan spell at St James’ Park in 2013/14.

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