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Report: Deal agreed for Loïc Rémy

Steve Bardens

Who'll be our backup centre forward in a post-Fernando Torres world? It sounds like QPR striker Loïc Rémy is a strong candidate to take over now that Torres is heading off to Milan on a two-year loan. Di Marzio, who appears to have the pulse on our happenings at striker, is claiming that Chelsea have agreed to pay his ~€10 million buyout clause (I didn't know he had a buyout clause, but ok) and have agreed personal terms with the 27-year-old.

There's nothing about a medical, which is slightly odd considering he was originally set to sign for Liverpool before failing a medical there, a development which led to the Reds buying Mario Balotelli and Milan eventually settling on Fernando Torres to replace him. One has to assume that if the report is true Chelsea will do their due diligence before putting pen to paper on a deal.

Otherwise, from a pure footballing perspective, this works for me. He's an obvious upgrade to Torres -- faster, with better runs and superior finishing -- won't cost too much, and should be happy to sit on the bench. No, it's not a big splash, but this is the sort of move we need.

We're guaranteed to end up with a new centre forward on Monday now that we only have two senior first teamers for the position, at any rate. Will it be Rémy? It sounds that way for now, but I wouldn't rule anything in or out at this point.

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