West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed he is still hoping to sign Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh before the summer transfer window slams shut next Tuesday evening.
The Moroccan international, who has netted 15 times for his country, has been linked with a move to the Premier League throughout the close-season.
His 13 goals last term helped secure a first league title in 10 years for the club, but Chamakh made no secret of his desire to leave the Stade Chaban Delmas.
He previously claimed to have agreed terms with Sunderland, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal withdrew their interest in the striker after refusing to up their first offer of £5 million.
West Ham were the last English club to be linked with Chamakh's services, with Hammers' boss Zola also linked with several other high-profile forwards, including Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen, Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli and Bayern Munich talisman Luca Toni.
Zola did finally sign a striker on Friday to provide much needed support to Carlton Cole at Upton Park,in the form of Livorno goal-getter Alessandro Diamanti for a fee in the region of £6 million.
However, the Italian has revealed that he is still keen to add to his forward line with both Luis Boa Morte and Dean Ashton nursing injuries, and still harbours hopes of signing Chamakh.
"We are still looking for another striker. We know that we need to cover Carlton Cole, or to have somebody to play alongside him," he said.
"We are still looking. We will see what will happen in the last three days.
"Chamakh, as I've said, is one of the players that we are very much interested in. We will see what happens."comments