Football: French striker Gignac set for Mexican switch

French forward Andre Pierre Gignac at a France training session. Several European clubs were in the frame to sign him but he has opted to move to Mexico.
French forward Andre Pierre Gignac at a France training session. Several European clubs were in the frame to sign him but he has opted to move to Mexico. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - French international striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is on the verge of a surprise transfer to Mexican club Tigres of Monterrey, after coming to the end of his contract with Ligue 1 giants Marseille.

The 29-year-old, who has scored five goals in 21 appearances for Euro 2016 hosts France, is set to undergo a medical with the cash-rich Tigres.

"Tomorrow (Thursday) @10AFP (Gignac) arrives in the city for a medical visit with the doctors of @TigresOficial," the Mexican club announced on Twitter.

Gignac re-tweeted the club's post on his official Twitter page.

According to local media, the fiery striker, who scored 21 Ligue 1 goals this season and led the scoring charts for long spells, arrived in Mexico with his family on Wednesday and is set to take off for Monterrey on Thursday.

Reports say he will sign on a free transfer and agree a three-year deal worth around 4.5 million euros (S$6.83 million) a year with an option for a fourth season.

The prolific attacker first made his mark during three seasons at Toulouse between 2007 and 2010, scoring 34 goals, before moving to the Velodrome where he dispatched another 59 in 154 appearances.

Several European clubs including Lyon, Galatasaray, Newcastle and West Bromich Albion were all in the frame to sign the goal-scorer but it now seems Gignac has opted for a move to Mexico.

Tigres have qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores where they will take on Brazilian club Internacional from Porto Alegre over two legs on July 15 and 22.