Aston Villa boss Remi Garde admits interest in signing Chelsea striker Loic Remy

The 28-year-old Frenchman has recently been linked with a January loan move to Villa Park.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has confirmed his interest in signing out-of-favour Chelsea striker Loic Remy in January as he tries to boost his side’s increasingly slim survival hopes.

Villa currently sit 11 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League at the halfway stage of the season and have scored a division-low 15 goals in their 19 games.

Garde has allegedly been promised January funds by chairman Randy Lerner to strengthen his struggling side and recent reports have linked the club with a move for Remy [h/t Daily Mail].

The pair previously worked together at Lyon between 2003 and 2008, when the 28-year-old Frenchman was rising through ranks while Garde served on the backroom staff, and the Villa boss is now keen to form a reunion with his compatriot in the Midlands.

Asked about Remy his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland, Garde told reporters: "Loic is a guy I know well, of course it would be an interesting player for the team. He is part of some players I'll try to attract to Aston Villa, for sure.

“Loic is a special one because he knows the country and the league. I have got some targets who could be at this level without knowing the country and the league.

"I have to work with the players I have currently but if you don't achieve that too much and you can bring in players with more confidence and with a lot of experience it could be helpful for the team.

"The situation is not the best one to speak with players but what I have done already doesn't show me no-one wants to join this club.”

Premier League TeamSeasonGoalsGoals MINSTotal Shots MINSShooting AccuracyScoring V Shooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Loïc Remy Newcastle 2013-2014 14 150.21 23.37 36% 16% 3 30 81% 26 2,103
Loïc Remy Chelsea / QPR 2014-2015 7 120.71 22.84 43% 19% 0 6 81% 21 845
Loïc Remy QPR 2012-2013 6 197.83 31.24 45% 16% 0 16 77% 14 1,187
Loïc Remy Chelsea 2015-2016 1 146 14.6 20% 10% 0 2 85% 8 146

Remy originally joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers in August 2014 after the club reportedly activated a £10.5 million release clause in his contract, but the 31-times capped France international has since been limited to a backup role behind Diego Costa.

Nevertheless, the former Marseille man has still managed to showcase his natural finishing instincts when handed a rare run-out, bagging 12 goals in 14 starts and 27 substitute appearance across all competitions.

With Guus Hiddink replacing Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss earlier this month, there were suggestions that the 6ft 1in forward could be handed a bigger role in the side, but the likes of the Daily Mail have since reported that he is still keen to secure a move elsewhere this winter.

With the possibility to leave on loan initially, Villa could certainly be in the discussion for his signature despite their current predicament, but whether Garde will have to fight off interest from other reported suitors like Southampton to get his man remains to be seen.

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