With less than a month until the January transfer window opens around Europe, the future of Marseille’s top scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac looks as clouded as always.
Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for a new striker and a cut-price deal this winter would suit the London club, but they may have to wait until the summer to do any business with the French forward.
Twelve months ago, there wasn’t much in the way of speculation regarding the future of Marseille forward Gignac, but in just 22 days he will be able to speak to any clubs he wishes regarding his future beyond the summer.
Out of contract on July 1, the 29-year-old that has scored 12 goals this season could agree to sign a pre-contract deal this winter, but it looks like he will wait to the summer regardless.
“I said to my president that OM was my priority," he said. "I give myself until the end of the season to make my decision.
"I have great things to do and the club also has beautiful things to accomplish before the end of the season with a secret goal now.”
That secret goal is obviously to win the Ligue 1 title away from rivals Paris Saint-Germain. With the southern club leading the race by a single point, it is very unlikely that Gignac would give up the chance to win the league with his childhood club in favour of a move away this January.
Gignac had recently commented that his future would also depend on the future of current boss Marcelo Bielsa, but he also made it clear that it wasn’t a deal breaker.
“Given the metamorphosis of the club and team since the start of the season, we will not say that my future is strongly linked to his, but it could come into play," he said.
Depending on what teams approach the forward before the end of the season, there is a possibility that direct qualification to the Champions League could see Gignac stay for another season.
However, at his age, if one of his goals is to play in England or Italy, this summer would be the ideal time to move.
It is clear that he won’t move in January, but come the 1st of February, the speculation regarding his next destination will be constant until he makes a decision.