Arsenal have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of French international striker Loic Remy.

The Marseille star has been heavily linked with a move away from Ligue 1, with Newcastle United, West Ham, QPR and Napoli all tracking the player, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he flew to France to watch the player in action, but was unable to get a meeting with the 26-year-old, who has no interest in moving to Loftus Road.

“He didn’t want to come. It doesn’t help when you’re bottom. Players will look at that and if there are other clubs in England after them, it can be difficult,” said the Hoops chief, according to The Daily Mail.

“I went over to watch him, not that I needed to, I watched seven times when I was at Spurs. Then he just did not want to speak about coming. I couldn’t even get a meeting with him. I was hoping for a meeting to encourage him to come.

“He’s not playing there. He played in the cup last week but he’s not playing. It would have been good for him to come, play in the Premier League and help us stay up.”

The news will be a potential boost to Gunners chief Arsene Wenger, who has once again been linked with a move for the 17-cap international.

The Independent claims Arsenal are eager to bring the £10million-rated forward to the Emirates Stadium, with the north London outfit chasing Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a top four finish.

Light of options in attack, the Gunners boss is short of options up-front, with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott the only senior players currently available after Marouane Chamakh’s loan exit.

Remy would certainly add another dimension to the Arsenal attack, but Wenger has less than three weeks to negotiate a deal and beat his rivals to the player.

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