Mexico City - French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac was on the
verge of a surprise move to Mexican club Tigres of Monterrey on Thursday after
the end of his contract with Ligue 1 giants Marseille.
Shrugging off interest from major European clubs, the
29-year-old was expected to undergo a medical with the cash-rich Tigres on
Thursday or Friday, a club official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Gignac has made 21 appearances for Euro 2016 hosts France,
scoring five goals, but he was not called up by Didier Deschamps for the team's
recent international friendlies.
The fiery striker, who scored 21 Ligue 1 goals in the season
just finished, was due to arrive in the northern industrial city of Monterrey
at around 1600 GMT and then "rest at a hotel," the official said.
Also read: Gignac plays down talk of Marseille bust-up
Tigres, who play in the semi-finals of South America's
continental Copa Libertadores next month against Brazilian club Internacional,
announced Gignac's arrival on Twitter and the player retweeted the post.
Reports say he will sign on a free transfer and agree a
three-year deal worth around 4.5 million euros ($5.1m) a year with an option
for a fourth season.
Gignac first made his mark during three seasons at Toulouse
between 2007 and 2010, scoring 34 Ligue 1 goals, before moving to Marseille
where he netted another 59 in 154 Ligue 1 appearances.
French club Lyon, Turkish giants Galatasaray and English
teams Newcastle United and West Bromich Albion had all been in the frame to
sign the striker.
But he is now expected to sign with Tigres following the
medical and join the team for their pre-season preparations in the Riviera
Maya, on the Caribbean coast, on Sunday.For
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