Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says he is hoping the Black Cats hold talks with Bordeaux regarding striker Marouane Chamakh over the weekend. The in-demand 25-year-old recently revealed that he had agreed terms with four Premier League clubs - Sunderland, Blackburn, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur - adding that he was less hopeful of securing his dream move to Arsenal. And although Bordeaux president Jean Louis Triaud previously ridiculed the idea of their prize asset joining the North East outfit, the Wearsiders are now believed to be closing in on the signing of the Moroccan front-man, who has netted 15 goals for his country. Bruce is keen to add to his strikeforce this summer after being snubbed by Portsmouth front-man Peter Crouch, with Tottenham Hotspur goal-getter Darren Bent also believed to be on Sunderland's wish-list. And the former Birmingham and Wigan boss has now revealed his desire to bring Chamakh to the Stadium of Light, adding that he hoped chairman Niall Quinn would be able to step up negotiations in the next few days. "Chamakh is a player I've liked for a long, long time," he said in The Guardian. "We have shown an interest and we'll see what develops with that. He is one of a few we are looking at and we will decide soon. "Niall got back on Thursday and there will be high-level talks going on over the weekend, not just about him, but regarding other targets as well. "We've still got one or two irons in the fire like we've had for weeks. We're still trying and we're close, in particular, to one deal being done over the next couple of days. "But, after what has happened this week with Peter Crouch, I don't want to say too much. "That was a massive disappointment and you can never say 'yes', the deal is done, until everything has actually been done." NEWS: Chamakh flies to Canada NEWS: Blanc - Chamakh will not be sold for sake of it NEWS: Chamakh in advanced talks with Sunderland NEWS: Aulas laments Chamakh situation NEWS: Chamakh slammed by Cascarino NEWS: Wenger - One eye on Chamakh NEWS: Chamakh - Slim chance of Arsenal move NEWS: Senderos key to Chamakh signing? NEWS: Chamakh yet to make final decision NEWS: Wenger weighing up move for Chamakh NEWS: Chamakh: I'm not spitting on Sunderland NEWS: Sunderland snubbed over Chamakh NEWS: Swiss side enquire about Chamakh services NEWS: Chamakh signing back on the radar NEWS: Chamakh hints at Arsenal summer switch NEWS: Wenger denies interest in Chamakh NEWS: Lyon chief keen on snatching Chamakh NEWS: Chamakh reveals Arsenal ambition NEWS: Chamakh interested in Spurs, not Sunderland NEWS: Bordeaux boss Blanc warns clubs off Chamakh
24 July 2009
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