Bordeaux plot January move to relieve Arsenal of Chamakh

The Moroccan striker has found himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium but his former club are ready to offer an escape route in the upcoming transfer window

The Bordeaux president, Jean-Louis Triaud, has declared publicly his desire to re-sign Marouane Chamakh.

The 28-year-old Arsenal striker enjoyed a fruitful eight-year spell at the French club between 2002 and 2010, notching up 56 goals in 230 appearances, but has found first-team opportunities limited under Arsene Wenger.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Triaud was clear that Chamakh's former club would welcome him back with open arms.

"Chamakh could return. There is a serious chance. It is feasible for us and him but the choice is down to Arsenal," he declared. "If he's not happy then we are in a position to talk about it.

"In December 2011, I sent a message to say the door was open for a return but Chamakh wanted to stay. Now the message is there again with the same objective."

The French club currently sit in sixth place in Ligue 1 and, with no striker having scored more than two goals this season, would see the Gunners outsider as a potential upgrade to their attack.

Triaud did make it clear, though, that for any deal to be completed Chamakh would have to take a significant wage cut.

"Money is the key question because salaries in the Premier League are enormous," he admitted, "but it's also necessary for him to play."