Loic Remy Special: Magpies and Spurs lead chase to snap up France international

Following Queens Park Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League, Loic Remy looks set to leave Loftus Road but Willie Duncan believes the striker may opt to remain in London

Following their relegation to the Championship, Queens Park Rangers are attempting to significantly reduce their wage bill for the season ahead with France international striker Loic Remy the latest to be linked with a move away from Loftus Road this summer.

The 26-year-old arrived in west London last January and QPR manager Harry Redknapp had hoped that Remy’s goals could keep Rangers in the Premier League.

However, the France international notched just six goals in 14 appearances for the Loftus Road club as QPR dropped out of the English top flight.

Newcastle United were hot favourites to sign Remy before the striker opted to join Queens Park Rangers and Alan Pardew may well be tempted to move for the 26-year-old front man again as the Magpies look to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign.

Newcastle are rated as a 6/4 (2.50) chance with BetVictor to secure Remy’s signature at the second time of asking – although there has been recent media speculation suggesting that personal terms may prove to be a stumbling block.

Tottenham Hotspur, a 5/1 (6.0) chance with BetVictor to snap up the 26-year-old France international, are certainly an interesting contender in the race to sign Remy.

Spurs are looking to bolster their attacking options this summer and, with Andre Villas-Boas’ side having missed out on securing the signature of David Villa from Barcelona, the 35-year-old Portuguese manager may instead turn his attentions to Remy.

The last of the credible contenders in this market are Liverpool at 8/1 (9.0) with BetVictor.

With speculation continuing to mount about the future of Reds striker Luis Suarez, manager Brendan Rodgers may move for Remy as a ready-made replacement should the Uruguayan talisman opt to call time on his career at Anfield.

A move to Stoke City for Remy seems fanciful and that is somewhat reflected in the odds with BetVictor offering 20/1 (21.0) that the 26-year-old signs for the Potters this summer with the same firm also offering 20/1 (21.0) that the former Marseille striker joins West Ham United.

A move to Sam Allardyce’s men, though, is highly unlikely given that the Hammers have just splashed out to secure the services of Andy Carroll on a permanent contract from Liverpool.

Newcastle United appear to be justifiable favourites to land Remy but a move to the Magpies may not prove as appealing to the 26-year-old should Spurs come calling and Alan Pardew may be left disappointed once more.

A switch to White Hart Lane – with European football on the horizon and, arguably, a more realistic prospect of challenging for silverware – is likely to prove attractive to Remy.

With that in mind, the 5/1 (6.0) quote from BetVictor for the Lilywhites to sign Loic Remy before September 1st is the recommended play in this market.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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