QPR striker Loic Remy was fully expected to start at Loftus Road against Sunderland this afternoon, but his appearance in the match is now in doubt following a transfer proposal from Chelsea that was accepted by his club late last night.
Jose Mourinho is desperately searching for a goalscorer to fill the void left by Fernando Torres' imminent departure for Milan on a two-year loan and has turned to Remy in a bid to supplement his options within the Blues' attacking department, as he attempts to lead an assault on four fronts this season.
The former Newcastle United loanee and current France international almost left the R's for Liverpool back in mid-July before surprisingly failing a medical, forcing a U-turn by Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers. That setback seemed to halt any hope of a switch to a big club this summer, but Chelsea haven't been put off and appear certain to seal a deal prior to Monday evening's transfer deadline.
This latest turn of events suggests that QPR manager Harry Redknapp will have to look at an alternative to lead the line against the Black Cats having utilised Remy in the opening two games of the campaign. Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin are the main contenders, with Chilean Eduardo Vargas still awaiting a work permit.
It's a bitter blow for the west Londoners in their efforts to put a poor start to the Premier League season behind them and leaves Redknapp with a selection dilemma ahead of the crucial clash later today.