Harry Redknapp has handed Arsene Wenger a positive signal in any hopes he might have of signing Loic Remy this summer after admitting that Queens Park Rangers' chances of holding onto the player aren't strong.
Remy, currently on loan at Newcastle United, has scored 13 Premier League goals this season, per Transfermarkt, but he is currently coping with injury. Metro's Hannah Duncan quotes Redknapp as saying:
"Remy wants to play Champions League football next season, so they tell me. The chances of us keeping him are not great if he’s got a buy-out clause."
Though the Gunners were looking like genuine title contenders as recently as February, their season has taken a turn for the worse in recent months and the club are now struggling just to claim fourth place.
Is Remy worth a £10 million transfer sum?
A large part of that drop-off in standards has been attributable to a lack of depth in the squad. Olivier Giroud did a fine job of holding Wenger's attacking line in the first half of the campaign, but there were always fears that a lack of experienced striking options could come back to haunt them.
What's more, Remy could be an extremely cheap pickup considering his scoring worth, with talkSPORT reporting earlier in the week that his buyout clause could be worth as little as £10 million.
For periods, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner have done their bit in helping out up front, but the former's 2013-14 season was cut short by a knee injury in the new year and Bendtner's unreliable form should lead to his exit this summer.
In Remy, Arsenal would have a similar striking option to that of which Walcott supplies when fielded as a central attacking asset—a quicker, more malleable option than Giroud who could work either as a lone asset or in tandem with another forward up top.
The 27-year-old has taken little time in adapting to the English game, too, netting 19 times in 35 Premier League starts for both Newcastle and QPR, per Transfermarkt, showing that he may not be the same risk as some other potential acquisitions linked with the north Londoners.
WhoScored and Squawka show what an impact the former Marseille man has had on the Magpies compared to when he's out of their line-up:
Loïc Remy: Newcastle have scored just 2 goals in 11 PL matches without Remy this season, compared to 36 goals in the 22 games he started— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 11, 2014
Loïc Remy has scored 34.2% of Newcastle's goals in the Premier League this season, a higher % than any other player in the league.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 29, 2014
Arsenal already have a burgeoning contingent of French players among their ranks and Wenger has always shown a liking for those with Ligue 1 experience.
While Remy certainly isn't an answer to the club's woes individually, his scoring though certainly wouldn't go amiss in beefing up the club's attacking selection, especially when his transfer tag could be quite so low.