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Official: Loic Remy replaces Fernando Torres at Chelsea

Steve Bardens

Ever since it became obvious that Chelsea were actually going to be able to send Fernando Torres elsewhere for the two seasons remaining on his massive contract, there were rumors linking the club to QPR forward Loic Remy. On Sunday, those rumors became an official signing, as Remy has joined the Blues. The Frenchman has agreed to a four-year deal at Chelsea, according to the club.

Remy was a target of Chelsea's two years ago, while he was still playing for Marseille. No deal was agreed on deadline day, however, and the player wound up joining QPR several months later.

After QPR were (thankfully) relegated, Remy joined Newcastle on loan.He managed six goals in his 16 total appearances for QPR, and had a very respectable 14 in 26 at Newcastle.

With the signing, Chelsea still stand at 18 international players to fill the 17 international spots, though it's looking as if Marco van Ginkel will wind up joining Torres at AC Milan on loan to leave Chelsea at just 17. The move also means Jose Mourinho and Michael Emenalo have managed to completely replace last season's misfiring striker trio, making the forward line both more dangerous and versatile at the same time. If this winds up being the last signing of the window, it's been an efficient one.

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