West Ham and Fulham want Chamakh
WEST Ham and Fulham want to sign Marouane Chamakh after Arsenal ended their interest in signing the Morocco striker. (Daily Mirror)Arsene Wenger has decided not to raise his initial �5.
WEST Ham and Fulham want to sign Marouane Chamakh after Arsenal ended their interest in signing the Morocco striker. (Daily Mirror)
Arsene Wenger has decided not to raise his initial �5.5m offer for the 25-year-old Bordeaux striker who will be out of contract next summer.
But West Ham are now in the race with Gianfranco Zola still seeking two strikers to add to his squad.
The Hammers have been in talks with Eidur Gudjohnsen of Barcelona and Bayern Munich's Luca Toni.
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But Zola, a former team-mate of Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc at Napoli, sees Chamakh as a younger alternative even though Bordeaux are demanding at least �12m.
“We're looking for at least two strikers, that's the idea,” said the Italian.
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“We are focused on that but we also know that its not an easy market. There are not many good players around and those that are around are very difficult to get because when a team has a good player they don't release him very easily.
“But we are confident. I think West Ham right now is an attractive team and I'm sure I will find the right person.”
Bordeaux contacted Diomansy Kamara's agents about a move to the French champions to replace Chamakh but Fulham are ready to negotiate a swap deal.
Zola also said Matthew Upson, who is set to be named as the new club captain, should stay at Upton Park to help his England career.
“I think Matthew is happy here and for his game and his hopes for the national team, West Ham can be very good for him,” said the Hammers manager.