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Liverpool free to sign Loic Remy

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Liverpool are now firm favourites to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy after Arsenal and Tottenham pulled out of the race to secure the France international’s services.

This is according to the Metro, who claim that Arsenal have dropped their interest after refusing to meet the 27-year-old’s wage demands. Remy currently earns a reported £75,000-a-week at Loftus Road and will cost his new employers £8 million - the value of the release clause included in his QPR contract.

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Liverpool turn to Remy after Bony pursuit ends

Liverpool are expected to trigger Remy’s release clause after being informed that Swansea City have no desire to sell Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony, who would command a transfer fee in excess of £19 million.

Bony scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League appearances in his debut campaign with the Swans, whose decision to allow Spanish forward Michu to join Napoli on a season-long loan earlier this week indicates that Bony will remain at the Liberty Stadium for the 2014/15 campaign.

Remy wants to join Champions League club

Remy, who netted 14 Premier League goals in 26 games for loan club Newcastle United last season, is determined to join a team competing in the Champions League.

The Frenchman was spotted at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium towards the back-end of last season, which intensified the speculation linking him with a move to the Gunners, but it now appears that Remy is more likely to begin the next chapter of his career at Anfield instead.

Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers has money to strengthen his squad following the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and has already secured a deal for talented Serbia international Lazar Markovic; however, the Northern Irishman wants at least one more out-and-out striker to compensate for the losses of Suarez and Iago Aspas, who has joined Sevilla for the 2014/15 campaign.

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Should Liverpool sign a world-class Suarez replacement?

While Remy is a fine striker in his own right, very few - if any - would categorise him in the same class as Suarez, who scored 31 Premier League goals last season to secure the Golden Boot award.

Many Liverpool fans were hoping for a world-class replacement - such as Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or Alexis Sanchez, who opted instead for a move to Arsenal from Barcelona - but it appears increasingly likely that Rodgers will sign several quality forwards to leave himself well-stocked ahead of an extremely demanding campaign for the Merseyside outfit.

Liverpool fans: would you be happy if Remy joined your club this summer? Should Rodgers be aiming higher to soften the blow of losing Suarez? Tell us by leaving a comment in the box below.

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