Liverpool still have a chance of signing Loic Remy, after his agent revealed that the forward would take his time before making a decision on his future.
Stoke had emerged as surprise frontrunners to sign the France international, who flew in to England yesterday for talks with Potters boss Tony Pulis.
West Ham - along with Liverpool - are both understood to have tabled bids for the 23-year-old Nice striker, and his representative said the Frenchman would now take his time to consider all of the options available.
"Loic is a polite person and after Tony Pulis and Dave Kemp came to see him in France he felt it was right to come and look at Stoke," Frederic Guerra told Sky Sports.
"Loic did not know much about Stoke, but he was very impressed by what Tony and Dave had to say to him.
"He was also impressed by Stoke's training ground and he was amazed by the enthusiasm of the club's fans after arriving there.
"Loic is thankful for Stoke for showing an interest in him and he wishes them all the best for the future.
"However, Loic is in no rush to make a decision on his future. There are eight clubs - four in the UK - who are all chasing Loic and he will take his time before deciding what is the best move for him."
Remy is regarded as one one of the hottest prospects in European football - having previously attracted interest from Arsenal - and Nice are reportedly holding out for a fee in the region of £14 million to secure his services.
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