According to reports from the Express, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will make Chelsea striker Loic Remy one of his first targets at Upton Park in a potential £25million spending spree. The frustrated Frenchman appears eager to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, having made just six starts for the league champions this season.
Following his departure from Turkish outfit Besiktas in May, the 46-year-old was yesterday appointed as the permanent successor of Sam Allardyce, no less than 18 years after representing the club as a player. He has been handed a substantial transfer budget by Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold, as the club prepare for their upcoming Europa League campaign.
Despite being restricted to cameo appearances from the bench – he played 19 times in total – Remy managed to hit the back of the net on seven occasions throughout Chelsea’s title winning season. Having converted just under 32% of his shots this term, one feels the French international would be far more effective at a club with whom he was a regular starter.
West Ham could provide the perfect opportunity for Remy to reinstate himself as a first team player, and reports suggest that he is at the top of Bilic’s list of attacking targets. However, there could be a draw-back for Hammers fans, with Chelsea allegedly ready to ask for forward Enner Valencia in return – a player the Upton Park club rate at around £30m.