When QPR signed Loic Remy in January 2013, it seemed set to end years of speculation linking the French forward with a move to England.
However, in the 18 months since, Remy has rarely left gossip columns, the move to London only serving to boost his Premier League credentials in the eyes of more illustrious suitors.
After his fine season at Newcastle, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly in the hunt for his signature.
QPR can do little to resist these advances, with Remy’s £8m reported release clause for Champions League clubs, and £11m price-tag for top-six sides, looking like excellent value.
The 27-year-old bagged 14 goals in 26 league games for the Magpies last season, with only 10 players scoring more.
Even more impressively, Remy ranks ninth in the league for non-penalty goals per 90 minutes with 0.60 (of those who played at least nine full games).
That followed up the six goals in 14 matches he managed for a doomed QPR team in the second half of the 2012/13 season, demonstrating Remy’s undoubted ability to find the net regularly in the English top flight.
Liverpool are in desperate need of goal-grabbing reinforcements after losing Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
The Uruguayan registered 31 strikes and 12 assists last year, with only Steven Gerrard setting up more goals in the league.
Rickie Lambert will make up some of the shortfall, but a more dynamic striker in Suarez’s mould is also needed to support Daniel Sturridge, and Remy fits the bill perfectly.
The Frenchman can play either through the middle or on either flank of an attack, and created 30 chances last season, registering three assists.
If Mauricio Pochettino and Louis van Gaal can revitalise Spurs and Manchester United respectively, the race for a top-four place is set to be tighter than ever next year.
Signing Remy would therefore not only be a boost to Liverpool’s own gaol-scoring productivity, but also block Arsenal and Spurs’ attempts to do the same.