Reliable reports this evening have suggested Marouane Chamakh is in talks with fellow London club West Ham United regarding a loan move until the end of the season.

The Morrocan International has endured a torrid time since moving from Ligue 1 champions at the time Bordeaux for the Capital on a free transfer in the summer of 2010. He has only played 40 games for the Gunners, managing a goal ratio of 1 in every 4.5 games.

At 28, the striker needs to find himself first team football and Arsenal are even happy to pay a proportion of his reported £60,000 a week wages to ensure they can offload him off their books.

He has been heavily scrutinised at The Emirates Stadium for his performances during his two years at the club, and he will need to fit in quickly at Upton Park, to put himself in a position to compete for a starting berth with Carlton Cole and Liverpool loanee Andy Carroll.

Chamakh isn’t likely to join before the clubs midday deadline tomorrow, which would allow him to be eligible for their FA Cup tie against Manchester United this weekend.

In other news, West Ham hope to announce the signing for former midfielder Joe Cole tomorrow morning.