Hammers set for Chamakh swoop

West Ham United are poised to pounce for in-demand Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, according to reports.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.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 have most recently been linked with Chamakh's services, with Hammers' boss Gianfranco Zola also linked with Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen, Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli and Bayern Munich talisman Luca Toni as he bids to bolster his front-line.

And although both Chamakh and Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc announced over the weekend that the striker was set to stay in France, the Hammers are now believed to be set to launch a £7 million bid, pending the sale of defender James Collins.

According to the BBC, Collins - a target of both Stoke City and Aston Villa - is available for around £5 million, with the money from the sale to be used to bring Chamakh to Upton Park to provide some much-needed support for Carlton Cole in attack.

Bordeaux, despite being keen to keep hold of the prize asset, are wary of the fact that the striker is in the final year of his current contract, and would be able to depart for free next summer.

NEWS: Blanc - Chamakh staying put
NEWS: Chamakh happy to stay put