Sunday, 16th October, 2011

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh looks set to be at the centre of a three-way battle to take him back to France when the January transfer window opens.

Chamakh has struggled to cement a spot in the Gunners first team since landing at the Emirates from Bordeaux last summer and Arsene Wenger is believed to be ready to part with the 27-year-old, despite the fact he still has two and a half years remaining on his present deal.

The Moroccan international will not be short of suitors however, and there is already a queue forming in France to take the player back to Ligue 1, the championship in which he starred between 2003 and 2010.

Chamakh’s former club Bordeaux are interested in speaking to the striker about a return to the Stade Chaban Delmas, while big spending Paris Saint-Germain and current French champions Lille are also keen.

The tall forward’s stock remains high in Ligue 1 and he could be willing to quit Arsenal given the lack of game time on offer.

Chamakh has previously made known his willingness to remain at the Gunners and fight for a starting spot.

However, with Wenger now more willing to deal than ever, the 27-year-old is likely to take stock of his future before the winter window opens.

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