Marseille confirm signing of Nice striker Remy
Marseille have completed the signing of coveted Nice striker Loic Remy, who was also being tracked by Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke.
The French champions agreed a fee, reportedly in the region of 15 million euros (around £12.4 million), and the France international is excited at the prospect of linking up with the current Ligue 1 champions.
An earlier statement on Marseille's official website read: ''L' OM and l' OGC Nice have found an agreement in principle for the transfer of attacker Loic Remy. The 23-year-old player will arrive at Marseille this afternoon and will undergo a medical before the signing of his contract. He will then be presented to the press.''
Marseille are also interested in another France forward, Toulouse's Andre-Pierre Gignac having been rebuffed in bids for Luis Fabiano and Dider Drogba this summer, but the capture of Remy may prove enough for them.
Coach Didier Deschamps had been chasing Sevilla's Luis Fabiano but was put off by the prohibitive sums involved.
"In as far as the expectations of the public are concerned I'd hoped to bring in a striker of international calibre like Fabiano,'' he told 'Experts OM'.
"But when I was told about the figures being spoken about I cannot ask the club to buy whatever the cost. I don't have the right to ask that. If the price is not reasonable, then stop.''
Coach Deschamps said of his new recruit: "He is a young international with great potential. He has great qualities and also great room for improvement.
"He can play in all of the attacking positions and I expect him to be effective and score goals. His versatility is a good thing, even if he prefers one position.
"It will create competition for places, but it does not hurt. He has speed and power which make him dangerous for opposing defences.''
Remy earlier revealed that he was delighted to be the target of the reigning Ligue 1 champions.
''I am very pleased and proud that Marseille are interested in me,'' Remy said in L'Equipe. ''After waiting so long for a transfer, everything has accelerated very quickly. I'm surprised. I need time to think but I am committed (to moving).''
Remy, 23, will step into the shoes vacated by Mamadou Niang, inheriting his number 11 shirt following the Senegalese striker's move to Fenerbahce.