North London rivals most attractive options open to soon to be out of contract forward.
Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh – linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland this summer – has insisted he will still not sign a new contract with the French champions before the end of the season.
The 25-year-old was the subject of one of the longest running transfer sagas of the close-season, with the Moroccan international eventually staying put after les Girondins failed to agree a fee with any of the aforementioned clubs.
Chamakh – whose 13 league goals last term helped Bordeaux win a first French title in 10 years – reacted by revealing he would not sign an extension to his current deal that expires next summer, leaving him free to depart should an offer from elsewhere present itself.
And the forward, who has netted four Ligue 1 goals so far in 2009/10 and scored against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, says he still stands by his word.
“I have decided at the moment that I am not going to sign a new contract, but that does not mean I will not be at Bordeaux next year,” he told Sud-Ouest.
“I have seven to eight months to make the biggest decision of my life and I don’t want to be rushed.
“The door is open for me to stay here and nobody is pushing me out.
“I will make sure I do the right thing for my life and my career.” (Four Four Two)
It appeared the only thing stopping Arsene Wenger from signing Marouane Chamakh in the summer was the valuation placed on the Moroccan international by Bordeaux, now with the striker nearing the end of his contract it appears that should Arsenal want the talented frontman, they could get him for nothing next summer.
A host of other clubs are chasing Chamakh but the north London side is one of the most attractive options available for the 25 year old and he could prove to be a very wise addition to the Emirates squad.
Whilst Wenger has a number of attacking options at the club he could feel that Marouane could be a very useful player to have to hand in his armoury and given he wouldn’t cost a penny its in many ways almost too good an opportunity to pass up.
Harry Redknapp could see Chamakh as the perfect addition also, especially if Roman Pavlyuchenko jumps ship due to lack of first team opportunities.