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One less team to worry about poaching Loic Remy away from Chelsea

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A couple weeks ago, West Ham United changed managers, replacing out-tactic-ing 19th century genius Sam Allardyce with scary motivational speaker Slaven Bilić who once played for the Hammers in the late '90s.  Bilić of course is much more famous for his exploits for Croatia, both as a player and as a manager, but his intense style should be a great fit for the Premier League.  In any case, it is his appointment that's the catalyst behind our London rivals dropping out of the Loïc Rémy sweepstakes.

...West Ham are out of the race for Chelsea striker Loic Remy. New manager Slaven Bilic has made strengthening in other areas the priority.

-source: Mirror

Combine that with the £15m price tag we placed on him and the relative quiet around Falcao at the moment, and Rémy's prospects of staying are starting to look just a little bit better.  I still wouldn't get my hopes up too much — there were other fairly credible rumors about the likes of Southampton, for example — but if we manage to hang on to the 28-year-old backup while adequately replacing (or even upgrading) the third-string striker position, we should once again have zero worries as far as our strikers' collective goal-haul is concerned.

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