Gunners warned off Chamakh
January bid would be rejected say Bordeaux
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: December 1, 2009 6:14pm
Chamakh: No January move
Bordeaux have told Arsenal to forget about making a January move for long-term target Marouane Chamakh.
Arsene Wenger tried to sign the Moroccan in the summer but Bordeaux rejected Arsenal's offer, along with rival bids from West Ham and Sunderland.
Wenger remains keen and speculation in France is again surfacing that Arsenal will make a new bid for Chamakh, following injury to Robin van Persie.
Van Persie could miss the rest of the season with his ankle injury and Arsenal may try to tempt Bordeaux with an offer aware that Chamak, who is out of contract in the summer, is free to move on a Bosman transfer at the end of the season.
But Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud is insistent that whilst the club are battling to retain their Ligue 1 title and are also still in the UEFA Champions League, they have no intention of selling.
"I have no news about that (Arsenal interest in Chamakh)," Triaud told L'Equipe.
"Anyway, for us it is out of the question.
"Marouane is such a decisive player while we have important challenges in Le Championnat and Champions League.
"If we miss our aims because he was sold, we would lose money too. Anyway we won't do anything against the wishes of Laurent Blanc [Bordeaux coach]."