Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is targeting countryman and Chelsea striker Loic Remy this month in a bid to strengthen his attacking options.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Garde declared no deal had been agreed but revealed the forward is high on his wish list. Villa currently sit bottom of the Premier League on eight points, 11 points adrift of safety.
The Frenchman said: "Loic is a guy I know well, of course it would be an interesting player for the team."
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"He is part of some players I'll try to attract to Aston Villa, for sure. Loic is a special one because he knows the country and the league.
"I have got some targets who could be at this level without knowing the country and the league."
Remy, despite a proven Premier League goalscorer, has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge with Diego Costa consistently picked ahead of him. The France international's 12 goals in 42 appearances has failed to cement him a regular place at the Blues.
Chelsea would be reluctant to sell their back-up striker, yet a loan deal could favour both parties and allow the former QPR striker the game time he needs to rediscover form and fire Villa off the foot of the table.
The Villains lost key players Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverly last year and struggled to fill the considerable voids as a result. Summer signings Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestese and Adama Traore have offered little in the way of replacing the aforementioned trio.
What Remy will fundamentally add at Villa is a consistent goalscoring threat. When called upon, the 29-year-old has proved clinical in front of goal and could deliver the goods needed to help steer the club clear of relegation come May.
Garde is yet to taste victory as Villa manager and following his side's 3-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday will be desperate to open the chequebook in January.
"I have to work with the players I have currently," he continued, "but if you don't achieve that too much and you can bring in players with more confidence and with a lot of experience it could be helpful for the team."