According to the Mirror, Loic Remy’s reportedly dead transfer to Liverpool may not be completely sunk.
The report states Queens Park Rangers are furious with Liverpool for having leaked that the deal was off after a failed medical.
In addition, the newly-promoted club also says it’s not over, with more tests scheduled for the French striker and things could theoretically be recovered.
Remy spent all of last week in Boston discussing personal terms with Liverpool after the clubs agreed to a transfer fee. Reports say the two sides eventually agreed to a deal worth around $7 million a year.
Liverpool did not state what the medical problem was, but with multiple reports (including this Mirror report) describing the issue discovered as “serious” and “long-term” it’s possible the medical revealed the same heart condition that held up Remy’s transfer from Nice to Marseille in 2010.
The issue then was what the Marseille doctor later described as “a mechanical problem,” but the transfer eventually went through.
If further tests are in fact planned, it could mean Remy’s move to Liverpool may not necessarily be off. In fact, if this is true, it would likely mean Liverpool leaked the news as leverage to negotiate a lower fee, something that would understandably frustrate QPR.
Liverpool have a history of a few shady transfer dealings in the recent past. A few years ago they were reported by Fulham for tapping up Clint Dempsey prior to his transfer out of Craven Cottage. The Reds pulled out all the stops to convince Dempsey he was headed to Anfield, and then they pulled the plug. Dempsey eventually left for Tottenham.
They were also accused of an illegal approach for a youth player by Crewe Alexandria in 2009.
Remy scored 14 goals this past season on loan at Newcastle, and his acquisition by Liverpool was supposed to help ease the loss of Luis Suarez.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.