Currently discussing a release from his Shanghai Shenhua deal, could the former French international return to former clubs or managers in the Premier League?
club Shanghai Shenhua have confirmed that they are currently engrossed in talks to release Nicolas Anelka from his contract in the Far East. Anelka was one of several high profile signings made by Chinese clubs this summer along with Fredi Kanoute, Seydou Keita and former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba who joined him at the most populous city in the world.
Rumours have persisted for several months that Anelka in particular was unhappy at the club and with January just around the corner he is hoping he can lure in interest from the Premier League for a bargain striker.
Several clubs have already been linked with the 69-cap man who has already featured for five previous Premier League clubs.
So where could Anelka end up?
‘’Anelka’s a top player so if he’s available he’s a player I think would be of interest to people but as far as I know he’s gone to China - I don’t know what the situation is with that.”
Now the situation appears to be Anelka available on a free and with QPR struggling in front of goal a player with over 150 goals in English football is a no-brainer.
West Ham United
Another team being linked publically with the striker and manager Sam Allardyce of course signed the player from Fenerbahce when he was the Bolton gaffer in 2006. In a team that didn’t score many goals Allardyce got the best out of him which led to a French recall and a Chelsea move so could he move for him again; particularly considering Andy Carroll’s injury problems.
A bit of a surprise deal but the club that infamously chose to sign El Hadji Diouf over him could make a move to bring him to Anfield. Although a January transfer for Daniel Sturridge is considered a done deal football is a funny old game and without another striker Liverpool still look short up-top. While Jonjo Shelvey has performed admirably when called upon bringing in Anelka on a short-term contract would not be the worst idea in the world.
Could join the perpetually injured former Les Bleus team-mate Louis Saha at the Stadium of Light where they are also bare on strikers. Steven Fletcher has been handed the overwhelming reins but with Conor Wickham, Fraizer Campbell and Stephane Sessegnon all improving in recent weeks he may not be a worthwhile deal.
This is clearly a massive long-shot but with Sturridge reportedly on his way and Fernando Torres the only recognised striker a little bit of experienced help would not go amiss. A certain Radamel Falcao may well scupper any potential for this deal to go ahead but much like Liverpool Chelsea could do a lot worse than bringing in Anelka for the short-term.
Where else do you think Anelka could end up? Or does his future lie elsewhere?
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