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Loic Remy is no longer a top target for Chelsea

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Loic Remy does not look set to leave Queens Park Rangers for Chelsea before the end of the current transfer window.

French international Remy had been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that the Blues had launched an enquiry for his services after returning club legend Didier Drogba suffered an an ankle injury during the narrow 2-1 friendly win over Ferencvaros in Budapest earlier this month.

Interest cooled

However, according to the very latest speculation from Goal, Chelsea have now cooled their interest in Remy, with his potential signing no longer considered a priority with Drogba's problem evidently not as bad as some had first feared.

The dominant Ivorian - who was brought back to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal in July following his exit from Turkish giants Galatasaray - does not look set for an extended spell on the sidelines and even featured as a late second-half substitute in Chelsea's impressive 3-1 win over newly-promoted Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Remy in limbo

Mourinho's decision to essentially suspend his interest in Remy leaves the striker in somewhat of an unusual situation with the deadline for deals to be completed now less than two weeks away.

Having spent the entire 2013/14 campaign on loan at Newcastle, it seemed certain that the 27-year-old - who first arrived in English football from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in 2012 - would be leaving Loftus Road this summer, despite QPR's promotion back to the top-flight.

With Remy widely expected to depart West London, a move to Liverpool seemed most likely. With a fee agreed between the two parties, the player flew out to join the Reds on their pre-season tour of the US and to undergo a medical.

Sadly for Remy, however, a potential switch to Anfield collapsed after Liverpool pulled out of the deal at the 11th hour due to issues believed to be connected to that aforementioned medical.

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Where now?

Quite what the future now holds for Remy is unclear. Premier League rivals Arsenal have been linked with his signature throughout the current window, although it is not certain that Arsene Wenger is still looking to recruit another forward.

Although the talented but raw Yaya Sanogo remains the only real like-for-like competition for Olivier Giroud in the Gunners' current squad, Alexis Sanchez is arguably at his destructive best when given the license to roam in a central position inside the final third.

Perhaps the most likely option now for Remy - one that would have been considered almost unthinkable just a few short weeks ago - is to remain at QPR for the foreseeable future.

His starting berth alongside Charlie Austin in the 1-0 defeat to Hull City last Saturday would suggest that he could play a key role in the club's pursuit of safety, while manager Harry Redknapp has been quick to scupper suggestions that Remy could return to the North East.

"He didn't want to go back to Newcastle which is a massive club, so unless it's a club in the top seven I don't think he'll go," he said.

Losing Remy at such a late stage of the window would come as a huge blow for QPR, and his release clause - believed to be worth approximately £8.5 million to Premier League sides who finished last season in the top four  - leaves them in a very odd and uncomfortable position.

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