West Ham sign Marouane Chamakh on loan

West Ham United have this afternoon confirmed the signing of forward Marouane Chamakh on a loan deal 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 needed to find himself first team football and Arsenal are even happy to pay a proportion of his reported £60,000 a week wages to 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 didnt join in time to be involved in the sides FA Cup tie against Manchester United this weekend