London: Chelsea are set to sign France striker Loic Remy from Queen`s Park Rangers before Monday`s transfer deadline, according to Hoops manager Harry Redknapp.
Remy was set to start for QPR in their Premier League clash against Sunderland on Saturday, but Redknapp revealed the 27-year-old was pulled out of the team after Chelsea`s approach.
The Blues are reported to have triggered an £8 million ($13 million) release clause in Remy`s contract after settling on the former Marseille forward as a replacement for Spain striker Fernando Torres, who is joining AC Milan on a two-year loan.
"He was in the team. I just got a phone call about 12 o`clock to say it looks like he is going to be moving," Redknapp told the BBC.
"The deal looks like it has been done, so I had to make a change. As far as I know (it is Chelsea).
"He didn`t refuse to play, but it`s difficult to go out there to play and get your head around it."
Remy joined QPR in January 2013 but, following the club`s relegation to the Championship, he spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, scoring 14 goals in 26 league games.
After returning to Loftus Road in the close season, he made it clear to Redknapp he wanted to leave for a Champions League team and jumped at the chance to make the short move across west London to Stamford Bridge.