Arsenal ready to meet Chamakh buyout clause

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hopes £7 million is enough to land Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hopes £7 million is enough to land Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh.

The London Evening Standard says Wenger sees Chamakh as a ready-made replacement for Manchester City-bound Emmanuel Adebayor and wants to move quickly for the French-born Morocco international in order to fend off interest from other Premier League clubs.

Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland have also been linked with the 25-year-old, who has just one year to go on his contract and has refused to open talks with his French club over an extension.

Bordeaux are now resigned to losing him and manager Laurent Blanc wants the player's future to be decided before he takes his side on a pre-season tour of Canada next Wednesday.

Chamakh has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract - and for Wenger it would appear too inviting to turn down, even if Chamakh is an unknown quantity in England.

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