By William Joyce
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Loic Remy as they prepare for life without Luis Suarez, Goal understands.
A £70 million deal to sell Suarez to Barcelona has been agreed, and with the transfer set to be officially confirmed in the coming days the Reds are moving ahead with their summer spending.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his striking options following the signing of Rickie Lambert, and is considering bids for not just Remy but also Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.
Remy has been told he can leave Queens Park Rangers this summer following a season on loan at Newcastle, though he has no intention of returning to St James' Park.
The France striker currently favours a move to Arsenal, but the Gunners, having sealed a £31.8m move for Alexis Sanchez, have yet to follow up on their interest, with Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Bernard currently their No.1 attacking target.
And the Reds are likely to face strong competition from Tottenham for both Remy and Bony should any official bids be lodged with their respective clubs.
Spurs are willing to pay the £9m buy-out clause to bring Remy on board and have already held extensive talks with the player's camp.
The Londoners are also in talks with the Swans over Bony, plus left-back Ben Davies, as they see the Ivory Coast striker as more attainable than Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku.
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Though the Reds have irked Swans chairman Huw Jenkins following reports that they have already held talks with the striker, with the Welshman claiming he has had no contact with the Merseysiders.
"I was very surprised to hear and disappointed to hear that Liverpool had gone down that route and were talking to the player behind behind my club's back. I'm disappointed that Liverpool are acting in that manner. No official approach has been made to me or our football club."
Fabio Borini, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, and Iago Aspas, a £7m signing from Celta last summer, are set to be let go by Rodgers in the coming months.
With Origi likely to be loaned back to Lille upon completing his move to Anfield, the Liverpool boss is keen to bring in at least one more striker following Lambert's £4m-plus-add-ons move at the start of June.
Adam Lallana has also signed on for the Merseysiders, as well Germany youth international Emre Can.