West Ham United are reportedly closing in on the signing of in-demand Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, after making an improved bid for the front-man. 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 les Girondins, but Chamakh has made no secret of his desire to leave the Stade Chaban Delmas. He has previously claimed to have agreed terms with Sunderland, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal are now believed to have withdrawn their interest in the striker after refusing to up their offer of £5 million. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has already been linked with several high-profile forwards this summer, including Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen, Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli and Bayern Munich talisman Luca Toni, as he bids to bolster his front-line. And according to the Telegraph, Bordeaux will accept an €8.2 million offer from the Hammers for Chamakh, with the French champions keen to receive a respectable fee for his services after the striker hinted that he will depart for free next summer when his contract expires. The report claims that West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury is due to fly to France to finalise an agreement with both the club and player, who has already netted three times in his opening two Ligue 1 fixtures this season. James Collins' expected switch from West Ham to Stoke City for around £3.5 million will help finance the deal. NEWS: Hammers bid for Chamakh snubbed NEWS: Kamara - I will not be Chamakh makeweight NEWS: Arsenal end interest in Chamakh NEWS: Fulham eye Chamakh swap swoop NEWS: Hammers set for late Chamakh swoop NEWS: Triaud - No new Chamakh offer from Arsenal NEWS: Chamakh losing sleep over Arsenal ordeal NEWS: Blanc questions Arsene interest in Chamakh NEWS: Wenger - Chamakh asking price still too high
18 August 2009
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