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OFFICIAL: Cardiff City sign Marouane Chamakh, Sol Bamba
Chamakh, who was released from Crystal Palace at the end of last season, joined the Bluebirds on a short-term deal that runs until January 2017. The 32-year-old will pair up once again with Neil Warnock who coached him during his stint at Crystal Palace.
“I’m so happy to be here and work with the manager again. I worked for him [Neil Warnock] at Crystal Palace before and I’m happy and proud to work with him here at Cardiff City FC,” Chamakh told Cardiff City official website.
“Cardiff are a side that should be on top and I think we can improve going forward. I’m looking forward to meeting with my new team-mates and getting started. I can’t wait to score for my new team,” he added.
The Moroccan forward is an ex-Bordeaux player, who managed to score 79 goals with the French side. He then moved to the Gunners and had a short loan spell at West Ham United before joining Crystal Palace.
Chamakh joined Cardiff only few hours after the club have completed the signing of Ivorian international Sol Bamba until the summer of 2018. Bamba left Leads United in September, one year before the end of his contract, due to personal reasons.
Bamba, 31, began his career at Paris Saint-Germain, before playing for Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Leicester City and Leeds United. He also played for Turkish Trabzonspor in Turkey and Palermo in Italy.
“I’m excited to be here. I always want to work with the gaffer, so as soon as this chance arose I jumped at it,” Bamba told Cardiff City official website.
“I know the league very well and am looking forward to offering my experience and leadership to Cardiff City,” he added.
Both players, whose deals are subject to international clearance, joined Cardiff less than a week after the appointment of Neil Warnock, who said that he is targeting Cardiff’s promotion back to the Premier League.