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There is no doubt that André-Pierre Gignac is set to leave Marseill at the end of the season. The Frenchman has been in stunning form this season scoring 11 goals from 14 appearances. We had earlier reported that Gignac’s contract with the French club ends next summer and with no signs of a possible extension, the striker is already looking for his next club and he will be not short of potential suitors.
Arsenal and Liverpool are among those who are interested while Italian side Inter Milan are also keeping tabs on the situation. However reports from Tyneside based media outlet Newcastle Chronicle have claimed that the Magpies are leading the chase for the 28 year old. Newcastle though will face stiff competition from Russian side Dynamo Moscow who are believed to be preparing a bid for the star striker.
However any potential suitor will have to offer Gignac a wage packet of around €3m per year plus added bonuses. Gignac’s agent Christopher Hutteau had also hinted that his client could join any big Premier League club. “He is a striker with a relatively atypical profile, responsive to the physical challenge, the archetypal player who can succeed in a big club. He can play in England, Arsenal or Liverpool, no problem. For me, it is (his real value) between 12 and 15 million euros.”
Newacastle will no doubt make a move for Gignac given their strong French connections and with Pappis Cisse set to leave for the African Nations Cup, the Tyneside outfit are in look of a striker who can propel them for a European place finish. For Liverpool and Arsenal, both the English giants can make a late move to hijack the deal. An interesting January transfer window awaits.