Chamakh joins Hammers
Published 04/01/2013 | 16:15
West Ham have signed striker Marouane Chamakh on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Friday afternoon that the Moroccan has completed his move across London - but not in time to figure in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United at Upton Park.
Allardyce told Sky Sports News: "We've signed him for the rest of the season. I think that'll be it in terms of strikers as we need to get Andy Carroll back (to fitness)."
Chamakh, 28, struggled to claim a regular place in the Gunners' first team after initially impressing following a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010.
Chamakh hopes a spell at Upton Park can kickstart his career following a frustrating spell on the fringes of the Arsenal team.
Speaking to the Hammers' official website, www.whufc.com, the Morocco forward said: "I want to play and give my best for this team. I can bring my heading, some goals and we will see what else.
"I didn't have opportunities to play recently, but I did well before and I know I am a very good striker.
"We played only one striker at Arsenal, so I didn't play a lot, so I hope to do so more with West Ham."
Chamakh added: "I played with Alou Diarra in Bordeaux and we were champions together. I also know Mohamed Diame and Carlton Cole.
"I think this will be a very important move for me and I don't want to waste any more time. I want to contribute immediately."