Transfer news

West Ham strike Chamakh deal

January 4, 2013
By ESPN staff

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the Hammers have agreed a loan deal with Arsenal for striker Marouane Chamakh.

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GettyImagesChamakh has struggled for form at Arsenal

Mangan: Chamakh wasted his Arsenal chance

Chamakh, 28, has not made a Premier League appearance for Arsenal this season, leading to speculation that his future is likely to lie elsewhere.

On Friday, it was indicated that West Ham were keen on the Morocco international, although concerns about the deal were expressed by West Ham co-owner David Sullivan’s son, Jack.

"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 !?!?!?!"

Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports News on Friday, confirming that an agreement with the Gunners had been reached, although Chamakh will not be available for West Ham's FA Cup tie with Manchester United this weekend.

Chamakh said on West Ham's website: "I'm very happy to be here, I want to play and give my best for this team. I can bring my heading, some goals and we will see what else.

"I played with Alou Diarra in Bordeaux and we were champions together. I also know Mohamed Diame and Carlton Cole.

"I think this will be a very important move for me and I don't want to waste any more time. I want to contribute immediately. I didn't have opportunities to play recently, but I did well before and I know I am a very good striker. We played only one striker at Arsenal, so I didn't play a lot, so I hope to do so more with West Ham."