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ZOLA STRIKES OUT TO TAKE CHAMAKH; Football Spy: THE ORIGINAL GOSSIP COLUMN.. LATEST NEWS... THE BIGGEST MOVES... EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Byline: NEIL McLEMAN

WEST HAM want Marouane Chamakh after Arsenal called time on their chase for the Morocco striker.

Arsene Wenger has refused to raise his initial pounds 5.5million offer for the Bordeaux star, who is out of contract next summer.

The French club are looking ambitiously for at least pounds 12m for Chamakh, 25, and Wenger does not rate him that highly.

But the Hammers are in the race with Gianfranco Zola still seeking two new forwards.

Zola has been in talks with Eidur Gudjohnsen at Barcelona and Bayern Munich's Luca Toni, but he views Chamakh as a younger alternative. "We're looking for at least two strikers, that's the idea," said Zola, a former team-mate of Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc at Napoli.

"It is not an easy market, but I think West Ham right now is an attractive team and I'm sure I will find the right person."

Bordeaux have been in touch with Diomansy Kamara's agents to sound out the Fulham hitman about a move to the French champions to replace Chamakh.

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Date:Aug 13, 2009
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