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Arsenal, Liverpool & Tottenham talk to Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh has scored nine goals for Bordeaux this season in 25 starts
Chamakh enjoyed his most prolific season in 2008-09, scoring 21 times

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh revealed he has held talks with three Premier League clubs but denied signing a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal.

The 26-year-old Moroccan, available on a free transfer in the summer, admitted he had been in contact with the Gunners, Liverpool and Tottenham.

"Some said I have signed for Arsenal. I deny it categorically," he said.

"It's true there are contacts with English clubs, including Arsenal, but I deny there's a deal."

Chamakh, whose contract with the French champions expires in June, added: "The more it goes, the less I see myself playing for Bordeaux next season."

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez admitted on Tuesday that he is unlikely to sign Chamakh, stating: "I do not think we will sign him - but I will not say any more."


Chamakh has long been linked with Arsenal, who host Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on potential signings.

"We are talking to nobody," said the Frenchman. "We are focusing on the game against Liverpool.

"I believe he talks to many clubs, which he is entitled to do. Chamakh is free to sign a pre-contract, he is free to sign where he wants, but I cannot interfere in that."

The striker has scored nine goals for Bordeaux this season in 25 starts in France's Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

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see also
West Ham poised for Chamakh deal
24 Aug 09 |  West Ham
Chamakh resigned to Bordeaux stay
19 Aug 09 |  African
Chamakh pushes for Arsenal move
09 Aug 09 |  Arsenal
Chamakh lashes out at Bordeaux
03 Aug 09 |  African

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