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Crystal Palace sign Maroune Chamakh

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal on a one-year contract.

Marouane Chamakh was present for Palace's friendly with Lazio at the weekend.
Marouane Chamakh was present for Palace's friendly with Lazio at the weekend.

Chamakh, 29, joined Arsenal from Bordeaux on a free transfer in 2010 but, despite initially impressing, he later struggled for form and fell down the pecking order.

The Morocco international was allowed to spend time on loan at West Ham United last season and he has now completed a permanent switch to Selhurst Park.

Ian Holloway, the Palace manager, had recently questioned Arsenal’s handling of the player.

“Arsenal were fools not to pick him,” he said. “When they did, he scored, and you can’t score goals when you’re understudy to Robin van Persie and not be picked, can you?”

Chamakh joins a Palace attack already featuring 40-year-old Kevin Phillips, who recently penned a one-year contract extension, and Dwight Gayle, who signed from Peterborough this summer for a club-record fee.

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