With summer signing Andre Ayew out injured for up to four months with a thigh injury, West Ham may opt to strengthen their forward options by signing Chelsea forward Loïc Rémy, with Sky Sports reporting West Ham have begun talks with the striker.
Rémy capped 31 times by France, moved to the Premier League in January 2013, having spent time previously at Lyon, Nice and Marseille. The Frenchman impressed with six goals in 14 games in a lacklustre QPR side which suffered relegation. His fine form though earned him a move to Newcastle on a season long loan, where the forward went onto score 14 goals in 26 games.
After a successful loan spell at Newcastle United, Rémy attracted interested from several top English clubs, notably Arsenal and Liverpool, which prompted Chelsea to activate the £8.5 million release clause in his contract and bring the forward to Stamford Bridge.
Since moving to the Pensioners, Rémy has struggled to establish himself in the starting line-up, and has rarely appeared for the club having made only 47 appearances in the last two seasons, with the majority of those coming from the bench.
Chelsea’s summer addition of Michy Batshuayi, who scored a brace on his debut in the League Cup last night against Bristol Rovers, sees Rémy move further down the Chelsea pecking order, and with the Frenchman unlikely to be a regular this season, it is thought new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may decide to cash in.
It’s thought the Frenchman would be eager to remain at Stamford Bridge, but with the lure of regular first team football a move across London may be on the cards.
It’s believed West Ham are attempting to sign the forward on a season-long loan, however they may face competition from La Liga side Valencia and fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace.