But now reports in France have revealed that Lille have identified Chamakh as a January target of their own.
The 2011 Ligue 1 champions, currently down in eighth place, are desperate to sign a new striker during the window.
After 19 matches, no one in their shot-shy squad is anywhere near hitting double figures and their top scorer, Dimitri Payet, has hit just six all season.
But manager Rudi Garcia reckons Chamakh could solve their goal-scoring problems, although there is another England-based forward on his radar.
French newspaper Le 10 Sports has suggested that Lille are also keen on a move for QPR’s Djibril Cisse.
But with Harry Redknapp’s side languishing at the bottom of the Premier League, it is unlikely that the QPR boss will think about selling Cisse unless he can find a ready-made replacement.