West Ham in talks to sign Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea - Sky sources

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JULY 16: Loic Remy of Chelsea in action during an friendly match between SK Rapid Vienna and Chelsea F.C. at Allianz Stadion on July 16,
Image: Loic Remy is understood keen to leave Chelsea for first-team football

West Ham are aiming to push through a deal to sign striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Chelsea, according to Sky sources.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is keen to strengthen his forward options before the close of the summer transfer window, with strikers Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho on the sidelines because of injury.

Bilic confirmed on Wednesday his interest in Wilfried Bony of Manchester City and Simone Zaza of Juventus, but Sky sources understand West Ham have opened talks with Chelsea in a bid to sign Remy on loan until the end of the season.

Antonio Conte gives instructions from his tecnical area
Image: Loic Remy has not featured in Antonio Conte's plans this season

Remy, who joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers in 2014, has not featured in any matchday squad so far this season under new Blues head coach Antonio Conte.

The 29-year-old - previously of Newcastle, Marseille, Nice and Lyon - made just 13 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season, scoring one goal.

Sky sources understand La Liga side Valencia are also interested in signing Remy, while Crystal Palace have previously made enquiries into the availability of the Frenchman. 

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Chelsea, who refused to comment when contacted by Sky Sports News HQ, are understood to favour a straight forward sale but have not ruled out the possibility of a loan deal. 

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