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Liverpool have backed out of £8.5m bid for Loic Remy

By Robert Jones

Liverpool's attempt to sign France international striker Loic Remy from Queen's Park Rangers appears to have collapsed, according to reports from the United States where the Anfield club are on tour.

Remy, (27), flew to Boston last week to join up with the Liverpool squad and undergo a medical, but the Premier League side have called a halt to the deal following the results of the examination.

The Frenchman, who scored 14 goals in 26 league appearances while on loan at Newcastle last season, had agreed personal terms, but is now set to return to QPR.

Liverpool began the move after their bid of £8.5m triggered a release clause in Remy's contract.

He was part of the France squad that reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil, making two substitute appearances, in the 0-0 draw with Ecuador and the 1-0 quarter-final loss to Germany.

Remy was set to be among several new signings at Anfield as manager Brendan Rodgers tries to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season, in which Liverpool return to the Champions League for the first time since 2009.

Southampton's Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have already joined along with Emre Can, of Bayer Leverkusen, and Benfica's Lazar Markovic for a total of £59m.

Croatian defender Dejan Lovren is also expected to arrive in a £20m move from Southampton while the highly rated Belgian teenager Divock Origi, who impressed during the World Cup, is set to sign from Lille for £10m.

* Barcelona today begin their pre-season preparations with a training camp at the Englis FA's St George's Park.

The Spanish giants, second in the Primera Division last term behind Atletico Madrid, will have sessions at the complex in Burton upon Trent each day to Friday.

Newly-appointed boss Luis Enrique has named a 26-man squad for the trip which features the likes of Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Pedro – all part of the Spain squad that was eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage.

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