Arsenal and Manchester United Fight It Out for Freebie Striker Chamakh

Want-away striker has many admirers.

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Sports News - November 05, 2008

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh – linked with Arsenal, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland this summer – is now a target for Premier League champions Manchester United, according to reports.
The 25-year-old was the subject of one of the longest running transfer sagas of the close-season, with the Moroccan international eventually going nowhere after Laurent Blanc’s side failed to agree a fee with any club.
Chamakh – whose 13 league goals in 2008/09 helped Bordeaux win a first French title in 10 years – reacted by insisting he would refuse to sign an extension to his current deal that expires next summer, leaving him able to depart for free.
And after the forward, who has netted four Ligue 1 goals so far this campaign, revealed he had not changed his mind, reports have surfaced suggesting Sir Alex Ferguson is mulling a move for the striker.
According to Football365, the Red Devils are attracted by the highly-rated goal-getter’s non-existent price-tag, and will go head-to-head with the Gunners for Chamakh’s signature at the end of the campaign. (Four Four Two)

Clearly when a top notch striker is coming towards the end of a contract he has no intention of renewing then a plethora of big fish will start congregating at said players door and that is what appears to be about to happen with Marouane Chamakh.

The talented Bordeaux man has made it pretty clear that he wishes to leave the club he has represented since he was 16 and you can’t really blame him for wanting to further his career and now that Man United have joined the rapidly growing queue for his services it will be interesting to see what happens next.

Perhaps it would make sense for either club to try to force the issue a little by putting in a tasty January bid to try to force the French club to take some cash for a player they will lose for nothing come next summer?

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