The time is now for West Ham and Fulham target to make a move

Marseille Velodrome

Previously linked with moves to West Ham United and Fulham, Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will not be offered a new contract this summer.

It was reported this week that despite his goal-scoring feets this season, Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will not be offered a new contract at the French club. He has been linked with moves to West Ham United and Fulham in the past, perhaps now is the right-time to see "Big Mac" in the Premier League.

In the January transfer window, Marseille president Vincent Labrune was quoted as saying that Gignac turned down a move to an unnamed Premier League side.

"Without giving away any secrets, in the last few weeks he was subject to a fairly large offer from an English club, which he refused," Labrune told RMC.

"We are very happy to continue with him, at least until the end of the season.

"What interests me is what happens on the pitch, that he scores goals and helps us win games.

"We will look at financial considerations in due time."

There has been nothing concrete announced by the club, but the whispers coming the Marseille faithful is that he will be one of the players to go at the end of the season.

Gignac has been in great form of late, he has scored 12 goals in his last 14 games, and his given Marseille hope that they can finish in the top three this season.

He is a player that seems perfectly built for the Premier League. Exceptionally strong but very mobile, he is a predator, but also likes to pull wide and help create pace. He would relish the physical battle, and would excel in the lone striker position that a lot of Premier League teams adopt these days.

At 28-years-old, he is still in his prime and he is ready for a new challenge. He is unlikely to go to the World Cup this summer unless there are a few injuries in the France side, so he will be fresh and fit for the new season. His contract is up in 2015, so Marseille won't be asking for a huge transfer fee.

He may be no stranger to a portion of Chicken Nuggets from time-to-time, but the big burly striker is primed and ready to devour what the Premier League has to offer.

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