There hasn’t been a player needing a move away from Arsenal in the past couple of seasons more than striker Marouane Chamakh.
The Morocco international has been a bit part player at best for the past two seasons having fallen well down the pecking order at The Emirates Stadium.
After spending the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, the striker was set to leave for good but now it seems that another London club is ready to sign the international on a season long loan.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is thought to be looking to seal a deal for the player in the upcoming days in his quest to find a striker who has Premier League experience.
It’s believed that the club are needing to see if they can find a way to fund Chamakh’s demands of £65,000 a week before making an official move for the player.
Palace’s belief in Chamakh comes following a breakdown in negotiations between The Eagles and current free agent Carlton Cole who had been targeted by the newly promoted club over the past couple of weeks. This was confirmed by an insider at the club who revealed to The Sun that “Chamakh’s now top of the manager’s wish-list. He wants a targetman to compliment Dwight Gayle and Chamakh fits the bill. Holloway feels he can bring the best out of him and has always rated him.”
Having been frozen out for some time at Arsenal, Chamakh has been a player who has become desperate for both form and appearances.
In the last 2 seasons, Chamakh has scored just once in the Premier League games for Arsenal falling far behind other options such as Giroud, Walcott and Podolski.
But his problems haven’t been limited to Arsenal though as his loam move to West Ham was a near disaster too where he only made 3 appearances for The Hammers from January through to May.
It has meant that Chamakh has fallen way from the international spotlight too having been dropped from the Morocco squad over the past year or so having been a regular when he played for both Arsenal and Bordeaux.
It seems that Chamakh’s stagnant Premier League career may only get one more shot with Crystal Palace before he becomes yet another top club reject who will be packing their bags back to Europe.