Sunday, 6th January, 2013

Marseille have sent their strongest signal yet that a suitable offer for striker Loic Remy will result in the France international leaving the Stade Velodrome this month.

Remy has been linked with a number of English clubs and has developed a genuine following in the Premier League. Indeed, at points over the last 12 months he has been mooted as being on the radar of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Newcastle, QPR, Liverpool and West Ham.

It is QPR and Newcastle who look to be making the running for the 26-year-old this month, with Rs’ boss Harry Redknapp (who is at today’s match between Marseille and Guingamp) having carried his interest in Remy over from his time in charge at White Hart Lane, while Magpies boss Alan Pardew needs to replace Demba Ba, who has headed for Chelsea.

A battle of sorts has been taking place at the Stade Velodrome, with coach Elie Baup and sporting director Jose Anigo keen to keep Remy and not undermine a bright Ligue 1 campaign with a mid-season sale.


President Vincent Labrune though, whom Redknapp has sat next to in the director’s box, is open to the financial cost-cutting need at the club and would find refusing a "good" bid for Remy difficult.

Now Anigo has hinted Remy could go.

"Some English clubs now have to decide who they want to buy, but nobody has yet come to us", he told French sports daily L’Equipe.

"The only window of opportunity for Remy is if a big club is interested and he is interested."

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