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West Ham hold Chamakh talks

West Ham are in talks with Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh about a loan move to Upton Park.

The Hammers are reported to be discussing a six-month deal with the 28-year-old Morocco international who has struggled to make an impact since joining the Gunners from Bordeaux in May 2010.

He has not started a Premier League game since October 2011, although he did score twice in the 7-5 Capital One Cup victory at Reading earlier this season.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was asked about Chamakh at his press conference on Friday morning when he said: "We have made an enquiry and that is all we have done at the moment.

"From my point of view, the situation I have with Andy Carroll being injured and Modibo Maiga going to the Africa Cup of Nations, means as a striker we have Carlton Cole and that is it until Andy gets fit.

"If it is a possibility that it could be a deal done, then we are looking at it, as well as a number of others.

"We need to find a left-back as quick as we can as well, because Joey O'Brien has a hamstring problem and George McCartney is out for a number of weeks, so we will have to see if there is anyone who we can find in that position for us."