Rafa concedes Chamakh defeat
Rafa Benitez believes Liverpool's chances of signing Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh are dead.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 09/02/10 3:18pm
Rafael Benitez believes Liverpool's chances of signing Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh in the summer are now dead.
The 26-year-old is available on a free transfer as his contract with the French champions expires at the end of the season.
Benitez had hoped to lure the Morocco international to Anfield and only last month the Reds appeared to be leading the race for his signature.
But Chamakh has since expressed an interest in joining their Premier League rivals Arsenal while reportedly hitting out at Liverpool for being "fussy" over contract negotiations.
Benitez has now conceded defeat in his bid to secure Chamakh's services and is angry that talks broke down.
"I think that we will not sign him - but I will not say [any more]," said the Liverpool boss.