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Allardyce confirms Chamakh interest

January 4, 2013
By ESPN staff

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in out-of-favour Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Marouane Chamakh
PA PhotosMarouane Chamakh has struggled to make an impact at Arsenal despite a bright start

Chamakh, 28, has struggled to break into the Arsenal team this season and has not appeared for them in the Premier League since May.

Allardyce is keen to add to his striking options, as he will lose Modibo Maiga to African Nations Cup duty and has Andy Carroll in the treatment room, and Chamakh is in the frame.

"We have made an enquiry and that is all we have done at the moment," Allardyce said. "At this time, as a striker, we have Carlton Cole and that is it until Andy gets fit. There is a possibility that deal can be done - we are looking at it, yes, as well as a number of others."

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan’s son, Jack, tweeted on Friday that he believed the deal was complete, although he expressed concerns about the signing.

“I am very sorry about this news Chamakh has sign a 6 month loan deal!” he tweeted. “not my pick :(”

He later added: “I hope Chamakh can prove me wrong !?!?!?!”

The Morocco international, capped 61 times, moved to England in 2010 on a free transfer from Bordeaux where he scored 79 times in 293 appearances. Three of his four appearances this season have come in the Capital One Cup.