Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is set to leave the Barclays Premier League in January.
The French forward's future has been the subject of constant speculation in recent months, and he is expected to be sold by Chelsea after handing in a transfer request.
Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly banned Anelka from the Chelsea training ground after he expressed his desire to leave Stamford Bridge, and the race is now on for his signature.
The 32-year-old has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, while he has also been attracting interest from China and the MLS.
And, according to Arsenal boss Wenger, his former charge is more likely to move overseas then continue to ply his trade in England.
“You can expect a move but not within England from what I have heard,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
“I can’t reveal to you what I know because it is not 100 per cent guaranteed.”
Wenger managed Anelka for two years after bringing him to the Gunners as a teenager in February 1997.