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The French striker is set to leave Stamford Bridge in January after failing to cement a place in Andre Villas-Boas' side, with the Super League outfit keen on his services

Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua are expected to announce within the next five days whether Nicolas Anelka will join the club on a three-year contract under expected new coach Jean Tigana.

Chelsea have given the French striker permission to leave the club in January following four years at Stamford Bridge, after the 32-year-old handed in a transfer request.

The club’s media officer Ma Yue insists talks with Anelka’s representatives are making good progress and that the club would like to secure his services on a three-year deal.

"There'll be news very soon," Ma told The Associated Press.

"There'll be news in four to five days, at the latest. In five days, we'll definitely have news on whether it is 'Yes' or 'No.'"

Shenhua are expected also to sign former Fulham and Lyon coach Tigana and it is believed the Frenchman plans on bringing his own assistants.

While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, Ma is confident that they will secure the former France midfielder as manager, and believes his arrival could make it easier to convince Anelka to play in China, following reports that Championship side West Ham are also interested.

"It's basically decided," he continued.

"He will be coming with his own team picked from France. Now you understand why Anelka might choose us.”

Anelka signed for the Blue’s in January 2008 from Bolton, but new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has looked elsewhere for goals this season, with the likes of Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Didier Drogba all above him in the picking order.

Ma believes China will offer Anelka the chance to rejuvenate his career, adding: “In England or other European countries, his age might be considered quite advanced.

"But the football level is not as high here. We don't think it's any problem for him to play for another three years."

Reports have speculated that the move could pull in an annual £6 million for Anelka, but Ma insisted that figures were sensitive and downplayed reports.

"It's not convenient for us to give figures at the moment. The figures being spoken about outside are not necessarily correct."

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