Latest reports from the Mirror suggest that Chelsea have blocked the £15 million departure of back-up centre-forward Loic Remy, striking a blow to the transfer plans of Crystal Palace, Swansea and West Ham.
The Frenchman has been considering his future with Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao's arrival on loan from Monaco set to be confirmed within days according to the Mirror, but, after initially being happy to listen to offers for the 28-year-old, fresh speculation implies that a U-turn has been made with the latest message emerging from Stamford Bridge that the former Queens Park Rangers man is not for sale.
Remy would have been a fantastic coup for any of the aforementioned sides. After all, his goal record speaks for itself. Despite lacking game-time at Stamford Bridge last term - restricted to just six league starts whenever Diego Costa was unavailable - he was still able to score on seven occasions; some of which proved vital to his side's title challenge.
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This news may represent the biggest blow to Crystal Palace, whose manager Alan Pardew was hoping to reignite his relationship with the prolific frontman. During the duo's time at Newcastle, Remy notched an impressive 14 goals in just 26 appearances.
The Mirror suggested that the Eagles had been showing the most interest in Remy's services. They, alongside both West Ham and Swansea, will now be forced to look elsewhere.