Southampton have expressed their interest in taking Chelsea striker Loic Remy under their fold. The 30-year old’s career is currently in jeopardy as Antonio Conte is planning to add a new number nine very soon.
The Italian doesn’t see Remy as a part of his plan and once he adds a new striker in the side, Remy will be free to go. The French striker joined the Premier League Champions in 2014 for a fee of £10.5m but failed to make an impact having made just 32 appearances for the Blues till now over three seasons.
Remy impressed for Queens Park Rangers but despite his brilliant form in front of the goal, QPR failed to keep themselves settled in the top tier. He then moved to Newcastle United and following a successful loan spell at the club he earned a much-deserved move to the Stamford Bridge.
But the player’s career has hit a low since he has donned the Blues’ jersey. He has featured in only 47 games so far and has netted 12 goals in all competitions. It will be difficult for him to see himself in the starting lineup so a move away from the West London seems to be the best possible option for him.
Southampton are currently hunting for a forward to fill in the shoes of Jay Rodriguez who made a move to West Bromwich Albion. Mauricio Pellegrino has a whole lot of options at his disposal with the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long and Charlie Austin readily available but there are reservations about Austin’s fitness while Shane Long’s future is in doubt.
Remy made a last gasp attempt to revive his form when he made a loan move to Crystal Palace last season. But as soon as he made the move, a knee injury forced him to spend a long period of time on the sidelines.
Remy was on target as he scored a brace in Chelsea’s 8-2 thrashing of Fulham in a pre-season friendly. He would love to spend the rest of his career at Chelsea but given the current scenario, it would be very hard to pick a spot in the starting line up next season.
Southampton would be able to give him some much-needed game time. The French man would be available for a paltry sum and he will readily grasp at the opportunity to feature for a Premier League club and prove his doubters wrong.