Marouane Chamakh signs for Cardiff City

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Cardiff City have announced the signing of Morocco international Marouane Chamakh, subject to international clearance.

The 32-year-old joins the Bluebirds on a free transfer, signing a deal that will run until January 2017.

The former Arsenal man, who scored 14 goals in 67 appearances during a three-year spell at the Emirates, has been without a club since being released by Crystal Palace in the summer.


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Chamakh was on trial at West Bromwich Albion earlier in the season, but manager Tony Pulis was reportedly unimpressed and opted against signing the striker.

Despite scoring just 10 goals in 65 appearances at Palace, newly-appointed Cardiff boss Neil Warnock claims his memory of Chamakh at Selhurst Park was positive: “He’s a versatile player with pedigree and somebody who impressed me during my time at Crystal Palace.”

Having been clubless since June, Chamakh will likely have some rust to shed.

Warnock revealed that these next months will act as an opportunity for him to prove that he is still in adequate condition: "We've signed Marouane on a short-term deal until January to assess his fitness.

Chamakh was influential in Bordeaux's title-winning 2008/09 campaign, scoring 16 goals in all competitions. 

The following summer there was reported interest from abroad, with West Ham United believed to have submitted an offer of £18 million in exchange for his services. However, he remained loyal to the French side and vowed to see out his contract.

After an equally successful goalscoring season the following year, Chamakh decided against signing a contract extension as Bordeaux failed to finish within the European qualification places. 

In July 2010, he signed for Arsenal on a free transfer.

During spells at Arsenal and Crystal Palace, he developed a reputation for being inefficient in front of goal. His tally of 15 goals in 102 Premier League appearances speaks for itself.

Funnily enough, Chamakh's appearance got the majority of people talking as he posed with the Cardiff shirt looking very different.

The Moroccan had lost all his hair, and Twitter simply couldn't resist.

Cardiff City currently sit precariously in 23rd place in the Championship, and they will be hoping that they have signed the Chamakh of old as they bid to survive in England's second-tier.

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