According to the Daily Star, Chelsea's Loic Remy is close to a reunion with former manager Alan Pardew, as the Frenchman looks to complete a switch to Crystal Palace.
Remy looks to be demoted to third choice striker following the arrival of Radamel Falcao at Stamford Bridge and is understandably desperate for first-team football. Despite earlier reports that Blues chief Jose Mourinho would block a potential exit for the 28-year-old, Palace have emerged as the favourites to secure his services.
Following the Selhurst Park arrival of ex-Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint Germain - for a club-record transfer free - Pardew is keen to bring another of his former players to the London outfit. The two men worked together at St. James' Park two seasons ago, and Remy managed to impress with 14 goals in 26 games.
Despite being restricted to cameo appearances from the bench – he played 19 times in total – Remy managed to hit the back of the net on seven occasions throughout Chelsea’s successful title-winning season in 2014/15. Having converted just under 32% of his shots - an impressive rate - one feels the French international would be far more effective at a club with whom he was a regular starter.
Crystal Palace could provide the perfect opportunity for Remy to reinstate himself as a first-team player, and reports such as those in the Daily Star suggest that he could soon make the switch to Selhurst Park. In the Frenchman, Pardew would have himself a weekly match-winner, capable of reaching double figures with ease next season.