Report: Italian side keen on West Bromwich Albion striker target Marouane Chamakh

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh

Italian outfit Palermo have joined the race to sign free agent Marouane Chamakh.

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh

According to Corriere Dello Sport, Palermo are also considering a move for West Bromwich Albion trialist Marouane Chamakh.

Chamakh arrived in England by joining Arsenal back in the summer of 2010 with a big reputation, and while the striker was not able to match the hype, he has proven to be a useful player for various clubs during his six-year stay in the Premier League.

Marouane Chamakh scores the fifth goal for Arsenal

It looked like Chamakh would finally be heading for an exit from England this summer after he was released by Crystal Palace, but in a surprise move it was reported by the Telegraph that West Bromwich Albion were set to sign the 32-year-old on a short-term deal following a successful trial.

West Brom have not yet finalised a deal for Chamakh as of yet though, and they could be facing tough competition in their attempts to secure the services of the Moroccan international, if reports from Corriere Dello Sport are to be believed.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (R) in action with Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh

The report states that Palermo are currently scouring the free agent market and the Italian side have now identified Chamakh as an attractive proposition.

The interest from Palermo means that the Baggies will most certainly have to move quickly in order to sign the former Arsenal attacker and if the club go on to miss out on the striker as well as their failure to secure previous targets, one can be sure that disgruntled manager Tony Pulis will be left even more incensed.

Bournemouth's Artur Boruc saves from Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh

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