Sunday 8 December 2019

Loic Remy's move to Liverpool is off after he FAILS his medical

Loic Remy had looked set to join Liverpool
Loic Remy had looked set to join Liverpool

Chris Bascombe

Loic Remy's Liverpool move is off due to a failed medical during the club's tour of the United States.

Liverpool have pulled the plug on the £8 million deal for the French striker after he spent several days in Boston with the club's medical staff. Potential problems were discovered and following careful deliberating it was decided the transfer could not proceed.

Remy was due to be unveiled shortly after his arrival in the United States last week and it was initially suggested the delay announcing his signing was due to the processing of paperwork.

He was granted an extension of his post-World Cup leave to travel to New York with his family with a view to joining his new team mates later in the Liverpool tour. He had also been offered Liverpool's famous number seven jersey ahead of a planned introductory Press Conference on American soil.

However, it emerged in the last 24 hours there was a much more serious issue under consideration.

The Merseyside club are declining to comment on the reasons for the breakdown of the transfer, but it is understood the decision was taken on medical grounds.

An £8 million fee was agreed with Queens Park Rangers for the 27-year-old a week ago and he was set to join Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge in the strike force tasked with replacing Luis Suarez.

Personal terms had also been agreed.

Remy must now return to QPR, his dreams of a move to a Champions League momentarily shattered. There will also be implications for the London club as Harry Redknapp was rebuilding his squad on the assumption he had an extra £8 million.

It is the second major injury blow affecting recent Liverpool transfers in the last 48 hours.

On Friday, new recruit Adam Lallana was ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury.

The Liverpool manager made no comment on the Remy situation when he faced media in Chicago on Saturday night. Liverpool arrived in the city ahead of their second tour fixture against Greek side Olympiakos.

Privately, he will be hugely disappointed to have lost the player in such circumstances

Remy's woe means Rodgers must look elsewhere for a new striker ahead of the Premier League campaign, what looked like plentiful attacking options a few days ago already severely compromised.

The Liverpool manager has plenty of funds at his disposal but the clause in Remy's contract made him an attractive option, freeing up funds to reinforce other key areas of the squad.

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