According to Goal.com, West Ham are discussing the transfer of Marouane Chamakh with Arsenal for a proposed January transfer.
The Moroccan has failed to register a single minute in the Premier League, falling behind new signing Olivier Giroud and the likes of Theo Walcott, Podolski and even Gervinho in the striking pecking order. Naturally he is eager for playing time elsewhere, as he mentioned months back, if things don’t improve and it seems like they won’t with Wenger keen to bolster his attacking options this winter.
With the ex Bordeaux striker also out of the country in January for the African Nations Cup, the winter window is the perfect time to offload him as he remains the fourth choice forward and struggles to even make the bench these days.
West Ham may even explore an option of loaning him until the end of the season with an option to buy. The Hammers also want to end the Andy Carroll loan to free up some of the catastrophically huge wages spent on the struggling Englishman, some of which can be spent on the Moroccan international.
Meanwhile, left back Andre Santos has committed his immediate future to Arsenal amidst rumours linking him to a move aboard.
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The 2011 summer signing reportedly told Globo Esporte in his homeland that he had received calls from clubs in Brazil, Turkey and Italy but is determined to see out his years with the Gunners
The 29-year-old said:
I received calls from interested clubs in Brazil, Turkey and Italy, but it is just speculation. Nobody handed me anything.
The coach, who is also a manager, never said anything to me. I know he is very transparent and I am focused on staying at Arsenal, winning a title, doing well in the Champions League, and I have three more years of muy contract. I’m happy here.
I hope to play more and more opportunities. I’m at a top club in Europe, living in London, my family is well structured, and I’m well adapted.
I have much to give at Arsenal and I will still run after that. I have many goals in his career.
The news will come as somewhat of a blow to Gooners who are keen to see the end of the man that swapped shirts at half-time to Van Persie which further fueled more negative feelings from the Arsenal faithful towards the Brazilian.
But the media are still adamant that despite his commitment to the Gunners cause and his lucrative contract, the crazy driver has fallen out of favour with Wenger after several bad performances and he is keen to offload him this January. This would not be such a bad thing, do you not agree?