Andre-Pierre Gignac wants transfer - and it's bad news for Celtic

Marseille Velodrome

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has admitted he will leave the club - and John Guidetti could be his replacement.

After scoring 40 goals in the last two seasons, few would have expected that Andre-Pierre Gignac could improve his record at Marseille.

Yet with some fitness help from new manager Marcelo Bielsa, Gignac has hit 11 goals in just 15 games - attracting interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and Tottenham in the process.

With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2015, Gignac has been linked with a €6m exit from the Velodrome in January before the Ligue 1 side lose him for free.

And today, Gignac confirmed that he will leave the club next summer on a free transfer with clubs no doubt queuing up to sign the 28-year-old hitman.

"I think I will leave at the end of the season," said Gignac. "I want to know if (coach Marcelo) Bielsa will stay, but I want a big challenge. I will consider all proposals carefully."

Marseille will naturally need to sign another striker if Gignac leaves, and whilst they snapped up the promising Belgian Michy Batshuayi this summer, reports suggest that they want to sign John Guidetti.

The Manchester City striker is currently out on loan at Celtic, and the 22-year-old has smashed 12 goals in just 11 games for Ronny Deila's Hoops, but is also out of contract next summer.

Celtic obviously want to keep the Swedish international on a permanent deal, but it was recently reported that Marseille are interested in a deal for Guidetti - and he admitted being flattered by the speculation.

"Marseille is a beautiful city with an amazing stadium," said Guidetti last month. "I was not aware of this interest but it’s always
nice to hear that a big club like this monitors you because it means you’re doing a good job."

With Gignac virtually assured of an exit, Bielsa and co will need to sign a new striker - and they hold great pulling power, which could see Guidetti head to France rather than stay in Glasgow; which would be a monumental blow for Deila.

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