Arsenal are closing in on a deal for QPR’s France international Loic Remy, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Gunners’ transfer plans have really stepped up a gear in recent days, with Mathieu Debuchy set for a medical at the Emirates Stadium, while Alexis Sanchez is understood to have rejected both Liverpool and Juventus to sign a £135,000-per-week contract with the north Londoners.

Now Arsene Wenger is keen to address his central striking issues with a raid for Remy, who has been a target for some time.

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The 27-year-old shone while on loan at Newcastle last season, netting 14 Premier League goals.

It has since become apparent that he will not be returning to QPR, and Arsenal are thought to be ready to trigger the £8m release clause in Remy’s contract to beat bitter rivals Tottenham to his signature.

Wenger is keen to ensure that he is not reliant on Olivier Giroud again next term, with the ex-Marseille man seen as a good alternative option.

There may also be further business at Arsenal, with Joel Campbell being linked with a loan switch to Newcastle and German midfielder Lars Bender a target for the FA Cup holders.

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