Much-maligned Arsenal striker Maroaune Chamakh has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Serie A giants Inter Milan, reports in Italy claim.

Chamakh's reputation at Arsenal continues to take a battering following numerous lacklustre displays and, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 28-year-old could be offered an escape route by Inter.

An abject performance in the recent shock loss to Bradford in the Capital One Cup has seen speculation increase about Chamakh's future at Arsenal, and a move to Milan now appears to be a possibility.

The Nerazzurri are reported to be keen to recruit adequate cover for Diego Milito, and have identified Chamakh as a potentially cost-effective January transfer window signing.

Inter, it is claimed, want to initially take Chamakh from Arsenal on loan before deciding whether or not to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season.

Chamakh has endured a torrid spell with Arsenal since an initially impressive start to his career with the Gunners having joined the club on a free transfer from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010.

The Morocco international found the net 11 times before Christmas during his first season with Arsenal, but has only scored four more goals in the two years since.

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