Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has made a surprise decision to contact his north London counterpart Arsene Wenger about a potential loan deal for striker Marouane Chamakh.

Spurs are certainly in the market for a new forward, while Arsenal have signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski over the summer, further limiting first team opportunities for the Morocco international.

Marouane Chamakh
Tottenham enquire about taking Chamakah on-loan [Reuters]

The Daily Mirror has reported that Villas-Boas is desperate to try and bring another forward to the club before the end of the transfer window and has made an enquiry to Arsenal.

Tottenham certainly enjoyed plenty of success from a former Arsenal striker in Emmanuel Adebayor last season who finished as the top scorer with 17 league goals.

However, Spurs have thus far been unable to agree a deal for Adebayor and therefore started their first game of the season against Newcastle with just one striker in Jermain Defoe.

While Tottenham are short of options, their bitter rivals Arsenal have a wealth of attacking talent this season with the likes of Giroud, Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Gervinho, who started at the weekend.

Chamakh was not even in the squad to face Sunderland on Saturday and it would appear as though Wenger does not consider the striker as part of his plans.

The former Bordeaux striker has struggled to make an impact at the Emirates since moving on a free transfer two seasons ago, and last season made just 11 appearances in the league.

The Mirror believes that a loan deal is a possibility as Arsenal have struggled to find a club willing to take him on a permanent deal this summer.

With wages of around £60,000-a-week, there is a feeling that Arsenal would be pleased to have Chamakh off their wage bill.

With the transfer window closing at the end of the month there is little time for Villas-Boas to bring another striker to the club and he will have to move fast to complete a deal.