Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is looking to further bolster his options up front in the New Year despite already having Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and Modbi Maiga to choose from and a healthy goals tally of 21 in 16 games.
Chamakh, a free transfer signing from Bordeaux two years ago, has been reduced to bit part player status at the Emirates Stadium and came on as a substitute in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat at Bradford.
Despite missing a penalty the shootout, and scoring just one Premier League goal since November 2010, the Moroccan international has caught the attention of Allardyce and its believed he will pursue a temporary move to sign the 28-year-old.
Serie A club Fiorentina are also thought to be interested and will provide competition for the 28-year-old’s signature, although reports indicate the player isn’t sold on a move to Italy and is keen to remain in England.
Meanwhile, star midfielder Mohamed Diame is attracting admiring glances from overseas clubs, along with Arsenal and Newcastle, and West Ham now face a struggle to keep the former Wigan man at Upton Park.
The Senegal international, currently sidelined until the New Year with a hamstring injury, has been a revelation this season is available for a cut-price £3.5 million due to a release clause in his contract but the club are confident he will put pen-to-paper on a new deal.