West Ham to Launch Move for Arsenal Flop

Upton Park boss wants to lure Emirates Stadium forward to East London with promise of first team football.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is ready to mount a move for Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh as he sets about further improving his Upton Park squad ahead of their return to the top flight.

The Hammers boss will reportedly look at first to bring in the 28 year old on a season long loan deal but are prepared to make an offer to sign the former Bordeaux man on a permanent basis if Arsene Wenger is not interested in sending out the Gunners forward on a temporary basis.

West Ham have been linked with a number of prospective purchases this summer and though Allardyce has successfully signed Sochaux attacker Modibo Maiga he still feels his East London side needs further strengthening in the attacking area.

Allardyce is willing to offer up to £4m for the misfiring forward and that may well be a fee that Wenger will be willing to consider given that he brought Chamakh in on a free transfer two years ago and is eager to remove the players £60k a week wages off the balance sheet.

Chamakh is apparently attracting interest from Ligue 1 sides but may be keen to remain in the Premier League, where his earning potential is significantly higher and clearly the move from Arsenal to West Ham is a fairly simple one to complete in geographical terms.

Marouane Chamakh has scored just one Premier League goal in 18 months though he has been used very sparingly in that period and did begin his Arsenal career swimmingly, netting 10 goals in his first 23 games for the Emirates Stadium side.

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