Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Interested in Loïc Rémy

Mark Runnacles

People who are understood to know things in football understand that Liverpool hold an (as yet) unsubstantiated interest in Loic Remy.

Loïc Rémy. French International. Registered to a Championship club that may become a Premiership club following the weekend. Emirates Stadium visitor. Goalscorer. Dismisser of heart defects. Hefty wage earner. Expected to be an Arsenal player by the beginning of September but Liverpool may just stick an unwanted spork in Arsène Wenger's plans.

Sky Sports are at the forefront, on the cutting edge of understanding football and life, so it would only be natural for Sky Sports' Graeme Bailey to break the news that may not quite fit the strict definition of being newsworthy but is worthy of being punted in the direction of Liverpool fans starved of transfer rumours because Liverpool are hardly ever linked with players.

So Liverpool could be interested in Rémy the same way I'm interested in "the all-new F-TYPE is engineered to deliver sports car driving that's instinctive, intuitive and alive" but will not buy it as I'm interested in other things first. Such as debt, reality, and a functional Ford Focus. Or Liverpool could be monitoring Rémy just as I would survey tickets to a Liverpool pre-season game. The game's accessible, a priority, and there are funds in place to pursue this confidently.

Liverpool's interest, if it does exist, seems more likely to be tentative than serious at this stage. In rumour mongering, a passing interest is often reported as something tangible even when there aren't yet any real dots to connect. Liverpool may be looking for attacking reinforcements, but the signing of Rémy would probably spell the end for Fabio Borini and Rodgers confirmed his wish to see the Italian remain at Liverpool. They both play on the left and central slots in attack and would be in direct competition for minutes behind Suarez, Sturridge, and Sterling.

Even if he seems an unlikely fit for Liverpool, Rémy won't be returning to Newcastle and his loan at Tyneside served to reinforce the notion that this is a player who belongs at a top half club in the Premier League. This knowledge also rules out parent club QPR and lends weight to previous rumours of Arsenal interest as Wenger is looking for a player who can fill in for as well as play alongside Olivier Giroud. The French Connection, pace up front for through balls, high wages, and London living. Liverpool "interest" or not, this a deal that seems Arsenal's to lose.

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