Deal close: Chelsea move to complete deadline day striker transfer
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Leicester are hopeful of signing Loic Remy from Chelsea on deadline day, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League leaders were still trying to land the French striker on Sunday night after tabling a £10.5million bid in a bid to prise him from Stamford Bridge.
Negotiations are ongoing but a Chelsea source has told Football Insider that the champions are undecided about agreeing the sale of Remy, who signed from QPR for £9million in the summer of 2014.
The Foxes have turned to Remy after failing with bids for AC Milan’s M’Baye Niang, CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa and Italian striker Eder, who joined Inter Milan in the week.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has been open about his desire to sign a new striker as his team look to maintain their unexpected title challenge.
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Rémy has scored a creditable 12 goals goals in 43 appearances for the Blues, many of which have been from the substitutes’ bench, but has not been given the opportunity to replicate the form which saw him strike 14 times while on loan at Newcastle in 2013/14.
Ranieri is keen to take some of the responsibly off the shoulders of Jamie Vardy, the Premier League’s top goalscorer, as Leicester prepare to maintain their against-the-odds title challenge.
There has been a high turnover of strikers in the last few days of the window at Stamford Bridge. The latest Chelsea transfer news is that Alexandre Pato has joined from Corinthians on loan until the end of the season, while Patrick Bamford has moved to Norwich for the rest of the campaign.