Remy came to prominence in France last year after his exploits with Nice and was rewarded by receiving his debut for the national team in June, despite not making their World Cup squad and he is definitely a player for the future and has been likened to Thierry Henry, his blistering pace and technical ability is very reminiscent of the former Arsenal star and based on what he has shown so far he could have as a big a career in the game as Henry. He looks like a player that could come in and play well right from the off and as both Arsenal and West Ham are lacking quality attacking options, he would be of tremendous benefit to both sides.
The 23-year-old started his career with French giants Lyon but after finding it too difficult to break into the team, making just 12 league appearances in three years during this time he headed out to Lens on loan where he enjoyed a fairly productive loan spell. Nice then agreed to pay Lyon €8m for his services in 2008, making him Nice’s most expensive ever player, he had a decent first season at the club before he went on to further his reputation last season. Despite not scoring loads of goals, its been his movement and technique that have caught the eye with many believing that he can go on to become a deadly striker in the coming years.
Now a whole host of clubs outside of France want to sign the youngster and along with Arsenal and West Ham, Sevilla, AC Milan and Fiorentina are all believed to have been taking an interest in him. He has interest in his home land from the three biggest clubs as Marseille, his former club Lyon and Bordeaux are all said to be keen. However Bordeaux have declared themselves out of the race to sign him with their chairman Jean-Louis Triaud saying:
“They (Nice) refused to accept €13.5m from West Ham, I do not see how we could make a proposal that pleases them.”
It is strange to hear of a chairman from another club commenting on the Hammers transfer dealings, however if the fee that has been mentioned is true then it’s clear that West Ham are prepared to spend big this summer to get themselves a top striker. It will be interesting to see if Arsenal now come in with a bid for the player who has declared that he will be leaving his future in the hands of his club. Remy has said:
“I am returning back to training this week, I am still a Nice player. If they decide to sell me I will listen to offers and see what we can do, but I am relaxed and if nothing happens I will be happy to stay here.”
Based on what he has shown already, wherever he ends up he is going to be a valuable asset for that side. Remy already looks the part and could go on to be a great striker.