Having secured Joe Cole, West Ham are continuing in their no nonsense window dealings by securing Maraouanne Chamakh from Arsenal on a 6 month loan deal. It's another 'cautious optimism' case with this one really, he was certainly a top prospect when we first chased him a couple of years back but it also clear that Arsene Wenger has not really fancied him to lead the line when it matters. That does not mean he is not a good player, far from it, just that he didn't fit into the system. Perhaps his strength in the air will work better on the back of the crosses from Jarvis/Taylor.
Time will tell, but in the meantime, let's give the lad a warm welcome, think he will need as much support and confidence boosting as possible….