A pockmarked hull has sunk the ship that was Loic Remy’s transfer from QPR to Liverpool, the wreckage rooted to the riverbed around the Mersey estuary.
The Reds have chalked up a failed medical as mitigation for calling off the £8.5m deal and have sent their ferrets back down various rabbit holes hoping to flush out a new centre-forward.
This is just one of ample ramifications of the collapsed deal, with the tentacles of implication stretching out to sting more parties than the mentioned pair of protagonists.
Here’s a run down of what Remy’s failed medical means for the following franchises:
The fact that the 11/1 Premier League title shots even considered recruiting their Luis Suarez replacement from anywhere other than St Mary’s came as something of a shock.
Several sources have reported that the shelving of the Remy switch has reverted their attentions to the Southampton crown jewel room where Jay Rodriguez cuts a lonely figure.
Troy Deeney is the subject of interest from ample Premier League clubs, with QPR believed to be leading the chase.
The R’s were no doubt hoping to use the funds generated from Remy’s departure to land Watford’s prized attacking asset, but the Hornets will have to wait for their windfall and keep an unsettled player in the dressing room for the time being.
If Andy Carroll has taught us anything, it’s that the only way to fail an Irons medical is by not turning up.
Allegedly back in the market for further firepower after their record-signing was stricken last week, Remy could provide a fine last resort at a reduced price now he’s on the reduced to clear shelf.