He only left the Chelsea last January to go and ply his trade in China with Shanghai Shenhua, but it seems that Nicolas Anelka is on his way out of the club after they confirmed they are in talks to cancel his contract.

Shanghai could only finish ninth in the Super League and, after scoring just three goals, Anelka is now in talks to leave the club.

“The discussion is between the club and himself, I don’t know about the specific details,” said Shanghai spokesman Ma Yue.

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“But so far we haven’t got the final result.”

Reports are suggesting that Anelka is prepared to give up the final year of his contract on the proviso that Shanghai will grant him a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

The aging star has been lined with a move back to the Premier League with West Ham and QPR this coming January, and these latest developments could mean that they will try and give the Frenchman the best offer they can to acquire his services.