Report - Arsenal set to trigger on-loan Newcastle star's release clause

Loic Remy

On-loan Newcastle United striker Loic Remy has proven to be a Premier League hit this season - and that's said to have triggered Arsenal's interest.

Remy joined Queens Park Rangers in the 2013 January transfer window for a reported €10m and, on a personal footballing basis, his full year in the Premier League has proven to be a huge success.

Despite QPR’s relegation last season, Remy still managed to find the net six times – proving far too good a player to drop into the second tier.

Newcastle United - who were beaten to Remy's signature by the Loftus Road club in the first place - took full advantage of QPR’s relegation (and huge wage bill) by offering to take the player on a season-long loan. And this proved to be a masterstroke by manager Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, as the 27-year-old striker has been a regular scorer on Tyneside, netting 13 goals in 22 Premier League starts.

Unfortunately for Queens Park Rangers, though, the club's relegation to the Championship activated an £8m release clause in his contract – a figure which looks ridiculously low given his goalscoring antics this term.

The Daily Mirror now reports, however, that FA Cup semi-finalists Arsenal have been impressed with the French international and will look to bolster their strike options in the summer by activating Remy’s release clause.

As a result of a January injury crisis, Arsenal were down to bare bones in the striking department as Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner were all carrying injuries at one point. And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be keen to avoid a repeat of this situation in the future.

Remy would certainly add competition to Oliver Giroud’s starting place, and with the lure of Champions League football on offer, it’s hard to envisage Arsenal missing out on Remy's services should Wenger take the initiative and press home his claim.

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