Liverpool's hopes of beating Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy have been handed a significant boost after manager Harry Redknapp confirmed the France international is seeking a move to a club playing in the Champions League.
Remy spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, scoring 14 league goals in 24 starts and after playing for France at the 2014 World Cup has designs on featuring in Europe's premier club competition this season.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with a move for Remy, 27, but after the Gunners were effectively ruled out after signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, their north London rivals are the latest side to have their hopes of signing the forward dashed.
"I think he really wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere," Redknapp told talkSPORT.
"We gave him time off after the World Cup but I think he's really looking to move. I would be surprised if he was at QPR at the start of the year.
"If he goes to the right team, he's capable of scoring 15 to 20 goals in the Premier League. But I really think he'd like to move."
Liverpool return to the Champions League from this season for the first time since 2009 after finishing second last term, and following the departure of Luis Suarez are keen on bringing in a new forward.
Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have moved to Liverpool to improve their goal-threat however a frontline forward is still required in order to boost the club's domestic and European hopes.
Following Jermaine Defoe's departure to Toronto FC and with Emmanuel Adebayor missing the club's pre-season North American tour after suffering from malaria, Tottenham are desperate for further attacking resources ahead of the new campaign.
New Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has not yet made any signings upon being appointed at White Hart Lane but will be acutely aware of the problems the club suffered last season following a summer of significant upheaval.