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Chamakh pushes for Arsenal move

Marouane Chamakh
Chamakh was a key member of Bordeaux's title-winning side

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has made a new appeal to the French club to sanction his proposed move to Arsenal.

The Gunners' reportedly had an offer of £7.5m rejected by Bordeaux, who want £15m despite Chamakh, 25, having only one year left on his current contract.

"My priority is Arsenal, but there are other clubs," the Moroccan, who has also been linked with Sunderland, Fulham and Tottenham, told Canal Plus.

"If it's Arsenal, so much the better. I hope it'll be sorted out very quickly."

Chamakh was speaking ahead of his side's opening Ligue 1 match of the season in which he scored as Bordeaux beat Lens 4-1 at home.

He added: "I am not sleeping as well as I normally do.

"I made my wishes known to the directors at the end of last season. I expressed a wish to join another league.

"As much for Bordeaux's sake as for mine, my situation has to be clarified. I thought they (Bordeaux) would have made things easier for me."

Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said on Wednesday that he would grant Chamakh his dream move to Arsenal if Gunners manager Arsene Wenger returned with a improved offer.


Wenger was quoted in L'Equipe on Tuesday as saying: "In five months, if he doesn't prolong his contract, Chamakh will be free to talk to any club and Bordeaux won't get anything.

"In the current context, to me, it is over. Let's say that at the moment it is terminated.

"I like Chamakh, he is a forward that attracts me, but I already have (Theo) Walcott, (Nicklas) Bendtner, (Robin) Van Persie, (Andrey) Arshavin and Eduardo. I am in no rush.

"My offer seems fair to me, taking the market into account. Chamakh would be good, but there are other options should we wish to pursue them."

Triaud accepted he would lower his initial asking price, but did not say by how much.

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc does not want to lose Chamakh, a player the former France captain considers crucial to his side's chances of retaining the Ligue 1 title they won in May.

He scored 13 goals in 34 Ligue 1 games last season and has scored 15 times in 50 games for his country.

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