Loic Remy has told his Chelsea team-mates that he has no future at the club after Jose Mourinho gave him permission to open talks with West Ham United, reports The Sun.
The France international arrived at Stamford Bridge from Queens Park Rangers last summer after an impressive season on loan at Newcastle United.
But chances have been hard to come by at Chelsea with Diego Costa consistently being preferred in a lone-striker system.
As a result, Remy has told the club he wishes to leave this summer and Mourinho has done everything to help him by allowing West Ham to open talks regarding personal terms.
Chelsea paid £10.5m to sign the 28-year-old and are hoping to recoup most of that by slapping an £8m price tag on his head.
West Ham have backed their new manager Slaven Bilic with a huge transfer budget as they undergo a cultural revolution at Upton Park.
The Hammers should no trouble meeting the price tag and a deal is looking likely.
New strikers needed
That would leave Chelsea with just one recognised striker in their squad following the departure of Didier Drogba.
Mourinho has been working on a deal to bring Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal and has also been linked with a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin.
There is also something to be said for Patrick Bamford, who impressed whilst on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough and Dom Solanke, who scored an incredible 41 goals at youth level last season.
But the Chelsea manager has shown a reluctance to keep his young stars as squad players and may prefer to send both out on loan.
Mourinho's inability to rotate his squad seems to have cost him the perfect back-up striker in Remy.
The France international scored seven goals in just six Premier League starts but was forced to come off the bench 13 times.
Costa was the first-choice, but Mourinho played the Spanish international even when his troublesome hamstring was playing up.
Surely it was decision like that that ultimately convinced Remy he had no future at Stamford Bridge.
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