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Arsene Wenger denies Chamakh transfer is a done deal

February 9, 2010

Arsene Wenger maintains no deal has yet been done to sign Marouane Chamakh, who is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Marouane Chamakh
GettyImagesMarouane Chamakh is set to leave Bordeaux

• Chamakh favours Arsenal move
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The Morocco striker is out of contract with Bordeaux at the end of the current campaign and so is free to talk to other clubs, and could pen a pre-contract.

Wenger has long been a fan of the 26-year-old, and is reported to have had an £8 million bid turned down last summer.

Liverpool, whom Arsenal play in the Premier League on Wednesday night, Inter Milan and West Ham have all been suggested as possible destinations.

Wenger, though, insisted: "We are talking to nobody. We are focusing on tomorrow's game.

"I believe he talks to many clubs, what he is entitled to do. He is free to sign a pre-contract. He is free to sign where he wants but I cannot interfere in that.''

Wenger also dismissed reports that the mystery player he attempted to sign on transfer deadline day was Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, replying "no, no" when asked if the Dane had been targeted.