By Jamie Sanderson
The 28-year-old was one of the most sought after centre forwards in Europe when he signed for the Gunners in May 2010, but despite scoring 11 goals in his debut campaign, Chamakh’s form and confidence have since taken a dramatic dive.
Chamakh only found the net once last term in 14 Premier League appearances and despite the exit of Robin van Persie to Manchester United earlier this month, the Moroccan is still not considered a regular starter by manager Arsene Wenger.
That has fuelled talk of a move out of the club, and La Liga side Malaga and Turkish outfit Besiktas have made offers to take the striker on a season-long loan.
Chamakh, who has also attracted interest from Everton, Fiorentina and former club Bordeaux, is happy to consider a move, but manager Wenger is worried about being left short of cover, with Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young also currently discussing transfers with other clubs.
Besiktas have offered the Gunners a loan fee and are willing to cover all of the players £60,000-a-week wages for the season.
‘We have decided to push forwards in our attempts to sign a striker, there is a high possibility we sign Chamakh,’ Besiktas manager Samet Aybaba told Turkish newspaper Milliyet.
Malaga can’t beat the terms proposed by Besiktas but are relying on a loan partnership deal agreed during the sale of Santi Cazorla earlier in the summer.