Philippe Auclair says Marouane Chamakh is close to signing

Respected France Football journalist Philippe Auclair declared on Talksport this afternoon that Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh is close to signing for Arsenal.

The Moroccan International striker, who this season played a key part in Bordeaux finally toppling Lyon from the top of Ligue 1, is available for around £7m having reached the final year of his contract.

Powerful in the air yet skillful on the ground, Chamakh is an obvious candidate to replace Emmanuel Adebayor, should the Togolese be moved on this summer.  Here’s a not altogether impressive compilation:

More on this tomorrow, as well as reaction to the fixtures.

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