According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are now targeting a deal for Chelsea forward Loic Remy after failing with their latest bid for Liverpool’s Belgium international Christian Benteke.
The report claim that the Eagles saw an initial £23.5 million bid for Benteke rejected by Liverpool, prompting boss Alan Pardew to set his sights elsewhere with Remy considered a new target.
Palace struggled for goals last season, and after opting to sell Dwight Gayle to Newcastle United this summer a new centre-forward is evidently the club’s number one priority ahead of the transfer deadline.
Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the first goal for Chelsea
Benteke seemingly fits the bill in terms of the type of striker Palace are after, yet they’ve come unstuck in attempts to sign the former Aston Villa man with his asking price a major stumbling block.
Remy, 29, would seemingly be available at a much lower cost and Chelsea could be willing to let him leave this summer if it helps raise extra funds in their bid to sign Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
The French striker briefly played under Pardew at Newcastle United when he joined the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers, and he netted an impressive 14 goals in 26 games.
At Chelsea Remy hasn’t been quite as prolific, scoring just eight goals in two seasons as he struggles to nail down a regular starting spot with controversial forward Diego Costa the club’s number one striker.
Remy was left out of Chelsea’s match-day squad to face West Ham United on Monday, and the report in The Sun goes on to suggest that Palace are favourites to sign him ahead of fellow suitors Lyon.