Loic Remy delays Tottenham deal for Arsenal talks

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Loic Remy has agreed a deal in principle with Tottenham Hotspur but refuses to seal the deal because he is waiting for Arsenal to make a bid, reports Goal.

QPR are getting ready to offload the France international despite the fact they won promotion back to the Premier League. Remy has a £9 million buyout clause in his contract, which Tottenham are prepared to activate.

Spurs have already held talks with Remy over personal terms, reaching an agreement in principle and could potentially complete the transfer very quickly if the striker wanted to.

However, the 27-year-old has told White Hart Lane officials that he will not agree to the transfer because he is holding out for a move to north London rivals Arsenal after the World Cup.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for his compatriot as he looks to add at least two strikers to the Arsenal set up this summer. The lure of Champions League football seems enough to convince Remy to hold off Tottenham, who will no doubt be peeved with the player's decision.

However, Tottenham cannot deny that the chance to play in the Champions League as well as earn more money and play at the Emirates Stadium is more appealing than what is on offer at Spurs. The only hope for Tottenham is that Arsenal land one of their main targets such as Mario Mandzukic or Karim Benzema, which may cause them to abandon their pursuit of Remy.

Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Remy and reportedly attempted to sign the player whilst Harry Redknapp was in charge. Redknapp eventually got his man at QPR but after a stellar season with Newcastle, keeping him at Loftus Road is highly unlikely.

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