to Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud, Arsene Wenger has made a proposal for Marouane Chamakh.

One of Wenger’s worst kept secrets is his interest in the Morrocan striker who netted 13 times for the Ligue 1 champions least season.

Arsene Wenger recently confirmed that Chamakh is on his radar but only in the case of an Arsenal striker’s exit would he make a move for the 25-year-old.

And with Emmanuel Adebayor jumping ship to Manchester City almost a fortnight ago, Wenger has now attempted to add a similar replacement in a lanky Maroune Chamakh.

Bordeuax’s president has now hinted a discussion between the two clubs could begin after a phone call from the Arsenal boss.

“Wenger has called me,” he told L’Equipe.

“He told me he has a list of forwards and Marouane is one of the names on it.

“However, I expect this could be a complex case which could become a soap opera.”

The French side’s manager Laurent Blanc has also expressed his approval of a possible transfer for Chakmakh, but insists his current club will make the most of a sale which is only welcome to “a big club”.

“I am going to do everything to make sure he does not go to just any club. With him, things are clear. After the season he’s had, if he has to go, it will be to a big club. That’s why I am standing in the way of a departure to Sunderland.

“I am not going to change what I said to him at the start of the year. If an offer comes from a big club, I will not stand in the way. The door is half-open.”

“But it is all up to me to work hard to earn my place”


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