Marseille refusing to sell Spurs target

French striker, Remy

French club Marseille have said that they will not be selling a striker that is being targeted by Tottenham, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea, according to ESPN.

Marseille boss Elie Baup has made it clear that the club do not intend to sell Loic Remy, their star striker.

Last season, Remy scored 20 goals for the Ligue 1 side, and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is known to admire the striker.

Tottenham have been linked to the star in the media, with Emmanuel Adebayor going to the Africa Cup of Nations next year.

Remy has also reportedly caught Chelsea’s eye, with boss Roberto Di Matteo apparently looking to buy a new striker.

Remy, 25, has been struggling for the Ligue 1 side so far this season, because of a thigh problem that saw him sidelined from Euro 2012, and has scored just two goals in the nine matches that he has played so far.

However, Baup says they will not be selling him, reiterating that the club counts on the star.

“In my opinion, there is no question (of a sale). He is here for the whole season. The club have always counted on him. Unfortunately, he suffered several small physical problems, but the troubles are behind him. A lot of things are happening at the moment and his form is vital for our results, which are more important,” he said.

Remy plays internationally for France and signed for Marseille in 2010 from Nice, with a contract that lasts until 2015.

It was reported earlier this month that Chelsea were stepping up plans to sign Remy, after they apparently began negotiating for a £15 million transfer in August.

Loic Remy talked earlier this year about “discussions with Tottenham” but said that “they came to nothing and they will not continue.”
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