Arsenal + Liverpool to miss out on another striker
Arsenal and Liverpool look likely to miss out on striker André-Pierre Gignac as reports in France suggest the striker is close to agreeing a new contract with Olympique Marseille.
The 28-year old’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season and both Premier League clubs would be able to speak to him in January about a possible free transfer should it not be renewed by then.
Reports last month suggested both the Gunners and the Reds would make a move for the 28-year old in January.
However, French newspaper L’Equipe is now reporting that Marseille president Vincent Labrunehas been working hard of a new contract for his striker. Gignac is believed to be close to signing a new one-year extension at the Stade Vélodrome.
André-Pierre Gignac is currently the leading goalscorer in France with 10 goals in as many matches for the Southern club who currently top Ligue 1.
Gignac is in his fifth season with the club after moving from Toulouse in 2010. During this time, he has scored 48 goals in 127 Ligue 1 appearances. Last season he scored 16 goals for the club which was his best return since moving to the club. In 2008-09 he managed to score 24 for Toulouse.
The Marseille striker has scored five goals in 19 appearances for the French national team.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger currently has Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo as out-and-out strikers as options up front. Both Theo Walcott and Alexis Sánchez are also capable of playing that role for the team too in a formation that only uses on striker.
Liverpool however may be feeling more sore if they are to miss out on Gignac. Brendan Rodgers’ side have been without striker Daniel Sturridge since August with the Englishman injury prone, and Mario Balotelli still yet to score in the Premier League for the Reds. They do have Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert on their books too but Gignac would be seen as an upgrade and a good goalscoring threat.
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