Besiktas manager Samet Aybaba claimed that he will not be signing striker Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to offload the Moroccan striker and last week reports came out that the Turkish outfit was ready to offer £4m for the striker.
Speaking to the reporters about the club’s transfer targets, including the newly purchased defender Julien Escude from Sevilla, Aybaba said: “We needed a defender like Escude and I think our defence will be stronger with him. We’re not attempting to sign Marouane Chamakh.”
The 28-year-old joined the Gunners on free transfer from French club Bordeaux in the summer of 2010. He started his Arsenal career brightly scoring 11 goals in his first season, but he lost his place due to a dip in form.
Last season he just scored one goal in 19 appearances and played his role as a bit-part player. He is expected to slip further down the pecking order after the summer arrivals of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
Arsenal looking to get him off the wage bill will consider it as transfer blow as the striker surely does not to Wenger’s plan for the future.
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