Reports in today's media suggest Liverpool are close to signing a pre contract agreement with highly rated Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, pinching the top talent from underneath Arsene Wenger's nose. He scored an impressive 13 goals in 31 games for Bordeaux last season and has scored 15 goals in 52 appearances for his national side, Morocco.
With a lack of investment in the January transfer window, this is yet another sign that Rafa is getting ready for the more significant summer transfer window. The signing of Chamakh could also instigate a change in formation for Rafa's Reds to a more attacking 4-4-2., with Chamakh partnering the profilic Fernando Torres up front.
Also, Chamakh won't cost Liverpool a penny as he is out of contract in the summer, meaning that, under the Bosman ruling, he can sign a pre contract agreement with any other club, this January.
Arsenal are said to be interested in signing the Moroccan however it seems that Arsene Wenger hasn't acted on his interest. He would be a perfect signing for the Gunners to provide offensive cover this season, with Robin Van Persie missing through injury, however Wenger is unwilling to spend around £8 million on a player available for free in 6 months time.
The signing of Chamakh, if it happens, is good news, and shows that Rafa can still sign quality players even if he only has peanuts to work with. Lets hope to see him arriving at Anfield this summer to boost our striking options, making us a bigger threat to Chelsea and Manchester City who, with their unbelievable spending power, are likely to be the front runners in the title race next season.