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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Hopeful of Completing Deal for French Striker

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Having been linked with another French striker just yesterday, Liverpool are again rumored to be chasing a deal to bring Loic Remy to Merseyside from QPR.

Matthias Hangst

As expected, transfer talk has hit its stride with the World Cup finally over, and while Liverpool haven't completed any business other than the announcement of Lazar Markovic, they've been linked with a fresh batch of names since Sunday's finale. One such name is QPR and France striker Loic Remy, who featured sparingly as part of an impressive French side that made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Germany.

Remy reportedly has an 8m release clause in his contract, which is the same amount QPR paid when they brought him to London back in January of 2013. He scored 14 goals and had three assists in 24 appearances while on loan at Newcastle last season, with six in 14 appearances in his first half-season in England. He's pacier than Liverpool's other rumored strike target, Wilfried Bony, and would likely be more adaptable across the forward areas than a striker in Bony's mold. And, at 8m, he'd be significantly less expensive while ostensibly providing the same thing Liverpool need from Bony or any other forward in the post-Suarez era--goals.

He's certainly not an all-around forward, though, and his workrate isn't particularly overwhelming. One would imagine that under Brendan Rodgers expectations would be different, but Remy hasn't appeared to be a player that works himself into the ground for goals. Not absolutely necessary, of course, though after the exit of Luis Suarez, those in the squad would be challenged not only with replacing the end product, but with the industry that the Uruguayan was often hailed for.

Should Liverpool pursue a deal, it doesn't appear as though much would be standing in the way, and his signing would ideally go a fair distance in addressing the squad's needs up top.