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Andre-Pierre Gignac reveals mystery Premier League bid

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Marseille striker has revealed that a Premier League club offered him the chance to move to England during his most prolific days.

Gignac was at the peak of his powers in 2009, where he topped to goalscoring charts in Ligue 1 with Toulouse before securing a £15m move to Marseille in 2010.

However, the former France international striker says that he was offered the chance to become a Premier League player, but the move failed to materialise.

The 28-year-old refused to confirm which Premier League club had made the offer, but did drop a big hint that it could have been Arsenal or Manchester United.

"I had attractive offers. I had a very good English club in my footsteps at age 23, I had just finished top scorer in Ligue 1," Gignac is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

But when asked whether or not the club was Liverpool, Gignac was equivocal in his response. He suggested that the Anfield club had not made the offer, but did reveal the team in question's colour.

When asked if the English club was Liverpool, Gignac said: "Liverpool? Not far, this is a club that plays in red!"

Arsenal were linked with a move for the striker after that fantastic season while Newcastle United also showed an interest last season before opting to sign Loic Remy on loan instead.

Despite falling out on the international side and never recapturing that best form, Gignac says he has no regrets over missing out on the move.

"As a footballer, I no longer dream," Gignac told the club's official website.

"It was becoming a professional footballer and playing for Marseille. I love this club."

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