Even though Chelsea would consider themselves relatively short on strikers at the minute, they are still prepared to let one leave.
Sky Sports are this evening reporting that French international Loïc Rémy is to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal.
BREAKING: Chelsea striker Loic Remy set to join Crystal Palace on season-long loan #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 28, 2016
The 29-year-old has fallen seriously out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte, not even making the bench for any of the side’s Premier League or EFL Cup matches thus far.
Indeed, it has been a tough couple of years for Rémy since making a £10.5m move from Queens Park Rangers in 2014. In all, he has started only 9 Premier League games in that time as he was used mainly as an impact substitute.
Palace have recently broken their transfer record to sign £27m forward Christian Benteke from Liverpool, but manager Alan Pardew still felt that he needed more forward options with Frazier Campbell injured and Connor Wickham the only other senior option.
Their equaliser against Bournemouth yesterday was the only goal they have scored in their opening three Premier League games, and even that came courtesy of centre-back Scott Dann.
Rémy and Pardew have worked together before, a season-long loan spell at Newcastle in 2013/14, and the former Magpies boss will undoubtedly believe he can get the forward firing again.
Rémy becomes the second forward to depart Stamford Bridge this weekend. Official confirmation is expected soon that will confirm the deal to take Patrick Bamford, who spent a period at Palace himself last year, on a year-long loan deal to newly-promoted Burnley.
Both deals should be announced within the next 24 hours, with Chelsea running out of time to bring in some new recruits of their own before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.