West Ham United prepared to offer Chamakh a fresh capital chance


Marouane Chamakh is on West Ham United’s wanted list.

The Moroccan international has been plying his trade in England since the summer of 2010, when he allowed his contract at Bordeaux to expire in order to clinch a Bosman free transfer move to Arsenal. After a fairly bright start the 28-year-old has failed to settle at the Emirates Stadium, and has yet to feature in the league this term.

Chamakh was involved in the embarrassing Capital One Cup elimination at League Two Bradford City last week, and this could well prove to be the last time he dons the Gunners shirt. Arsene Wenger is thought to be willing to accept defeat in his initial belief that the striker can grab a regular first team shirt and succeed in the Premier League.

However, the player may get a fresh chance to prove his quality when the transfer window reopens, with Sam Allardyce believed to have added him to his list of potential targets at Upton Park. The Hammers manager is satisfied with the way in which his side has returned to the top-flight, and are currently in eleventh position.

There is room for a couple of fresh faces in the transfer window reopens, though, and Chamakh is a name which is being considered. It is believed United want to take the Arsenal man on an initial loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season when his contract will be down to its final 12 months.

If Chamakh does arrive, this would likely spark fresh speculation over the future of Carlton Cole. The 29-year-old, who scored in the win over Chelsea earlier this month, is in the final six months of his contract, and he has been linked with a move to Fulham.

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