Thursday, January 7, 2010

Liverpool confident of Chamakh deal

Liverpool are confident of seeing off fierce competition for Marouane Chamakh and agreeing a deal to sign him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Bordeaux's Morocco striker has confided to friends that he sees his future in England, when his contract runs out in the summer, and talks have already taken place over making Anfield his new home.

Arsenal have been tracking him for months and Tottenham are also keen, while Sportsmail understands Chelsea are also attracted to the idea of expanding their attacking options without paying a fee after relying heavily on Didier Drogba in recent seasons.

Last month, Chamakh reiterated his desire to see out the season with Ligue 1 leaders - and current champions - Bordeaux.
But the 25-year-old will leave the Stade Chaban Delmas on a free at the end of the season, with Arsene Wenger perpetually linked with a move to the Emirates as a potential replacement for the injured Robin van Persie.

Chamakh has not been short in coming forward, telling the Moroccan media of his various suitors.
'My agent has been contacted by Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, Chelsea and Sunderland in the Premier League along with other clubs like Sevilla, Inter and Juventus.
'However, we do not have a concrete offer on the table at the moment and it is still a bit soon for such things.

'When the season ends, I will meet with my agent and we will evaluate all of the offers and decide what is the best for me from a footballing point of view. The economics are not the only important thing for me.'

Despite being highly rated, Chamakh has rarely showed signs of becoming a prolific goalscorer.
After previously failing to register more than 10 goals in a season, Chamakh hit 14 league goals in 34 last season, but has returned just six in 19 Ligue 1 outings this campaign.

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