Chelsea cool interest in QPR striker Remy

The Blues had considered a bid for the France international but have since backed away after learning Didier Drogba's injury was not as bad as first feared
By William Joyce

Chelsea have cooled their interest in QPR striker Loic Remy, Goal can reveal.

The Blues made enquiries over the availability of the France international earlier this month after initial concerns over an injury picked up by Didier Drogba in the pre-season win over Ferencvaros.

Drogba recovered quicker than expected, however, featuring as a late substitute in the 3-1 Premier League victory over Burnley on Monday and Jose Mourinho's side have consequently decided to put plans to bring in Remy on the backburner.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp suggested on Sunday that Remy would only leave for a top seven club and Arsenal and Tottenham have both been monitoring the situation with a view to a potential offer.

The north London duo are unlikely to follow-up with a bid, however, with Spurs known to have withdrawn their interest after Remy opted for Liverpool over a switch to White Hart Lane - a deal which subsequently collapsed.

Newcastle, who took Remy on loan for the 2013-14 campaign, remain keen on landing the 27-year-old and are confident of pulling off a transfer in spite of Redknapp's insistence that the Frenchman doesn't want to move to St James's Park.

Goal understands West Ham and Crystal Palace are the other teams to express an interest in the former Marseille star, who played the full 90 minutes in QPR's opening day defeat to Hull City.

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