Three years after initial interest, could Everton sign Chelsea's Loic Remy too late?

Everton manager Ronald Koeman

Everton reportedly want to take Loic Remy off Chelsea's hands but could he really replace Romelu Lukaku?

The fact that Loic Remy is increasingly unlikely to be a Chelsea player at the end of August is hardly surprising. In fact, you could be forgiven for forgetting the one-time French international was still on the wage bill at Stamford Bridge.

In two seasons, Remy managed just nine Premier League starts in Chelsea colours. And during a season-long loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2016/17, a thigh injury limited him to just 131 minutes of league action.

Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the first goal for ChelseaRemy has endured a disappointing couple of seasons after signing for Chelsea

Although such worrying statistics have not put off potential top flight suitors. Sky Sports claim that both Everton and Southampton are circling as Remy, who would prefer to stay at the Premier League champions, acknowledges that first-team football is increasingly unlikely in the capital.

Particularly with the report adding that Chelsea have been offered the chance to land Borussia Dortmund marksman Pierre Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record £70 million.

And links with Everton are particularly intriguing. After all, it is not the first time the Toffees have targeted the former Marseille speed machine.

According to The Telegraph, Everton were reportedly interested in a £10.5 million move for Remy in the summer of 2014 after he netted 14 goals in just 24 Premier League starts on loan at Newcastle from QPR.

Loic Remy celebrates after scoring for Newcastle

The report added that he was a cheaper alternative to Romelu Lukaku but the Belgian eventually joined Everton that summer for a club-record £28 million.

Three years on, however, Remy could be tasked with replacing Lukaku at Goodison Park. However, while he was at the top of his game three years ago, he has now managed just one goal in two top flight seasons.

Therefore, the doubters would surely be out in force if Everton attempted to sign him to fill the cavernous void left by Lukaku’s departure.

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