Outgoing Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is reportedly close to signing for Dynamo Moscow in Russia as a free agent.
After being linked with moves to Liverpool and West Ham United, France international Mathieu Valbuena left Olympique de Marseille and joined Dynamo Moscow last summer, and it now appears as though his former international and club teammate, Andre-Pierre Gignac, could be set to snub interest reported in the Daily Mail from West Bromich Albion and join him in Russia.
According to Italia Sport Press, the 29-year-old forward is set to run out his contract in France and sign an agreement with the Russian side. This follows up on French radio station RMC’s claims a few months ago that the two parties had agreed to a potential deal.
The rumoured deal would be worth an annual salary of €10.5 million a year to the striker. It is unclear whether or not any English club would be willing to pay that for a forward so close to his 30th birthday.
In 37 games, Gignac has scored 21 goals this season - his best return in six years. He has been fired up by new coach Marcelo Bielsa, and after scoring 10 goals in the first 10 games, he may have slowed down, but he has shown enough to suggest that he still has a lot to offer in any top division.
Gignac’s style would complement the Premier League perfectly. That perfect combination of pace, power and awareness in the penalty box that would cause constant danger. However, West Brom isn’t the most exciting destination, especially when you have been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs in the past – per the Daily Mail.
At Dynamo he will link up with his friend and former teammate and can enjoy the last few years of his career with a handsome reward.
The move to Russia could, however, damage his chances of a place at Euro 2016, but the form of Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon this season has already pushed him down the pecking order.
If Russia is his chosen destination, and he settles as quickly as Valbuena did, this may not be the last we see of Gignac at the highest level.