Loic Remy appears set to join Ligue 1 rivals Marseille after 'sudden' developments over his future.
Nice striker set to join French rivals
Nice striker Loic Remy appears set to join Ligue 1 rivals Marseille after 'sudden' developments over his future.
Remy had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League earlier this summer, with West Ham, Stoke, Liverpool and Tottenham all showing an interest.
German club Hoffenheim and Marseille entered the race later on and it now seems he will be on his way to Stade Velodrome.
Remy held talks with Marseille boss Didier Deschamps on Wednesday afternoon and reports in France suggest the two clubs are close to concluding a €15million (£12.4m) deal.
Marseille's sporting director Jose Anigo and managing director Antoine Veyrat are in Nice to try and tie up the deal in time for Remy to make his debut against Lorient on Saturday.
Happy and proud
It is thought that Hoffenheim are prepared to offer more money but Nice president Gilbert Stellardo does not want to go against the player's wishes.
Remy is pleased that the uncertainty surrounding his future seems to be coming to an end.
He said: "I am extremely happy and proud that Marseille are interested in me. After having waited a long time for my transfer, things have really speeded up this afternoon.
"It's very sudden, I was surprised. Rather than time for reflection I need a little time to adapt to the situation, but it's looking good."
He added: "Didier Deschamps telephoned me this afternoon to say that I needed to work very hard and that he would be there to support me."