Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to allow struggling forward Marouane Chamakh to join West Ham for the rest of the season as he looks to cull his under-performing squad.
The Telegraph has reported that Wenger will allow the likes of Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci to leave during the January transfer window, while Chamakh will look to prove he can score goals in the Premier League with West Ham.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce met with Chamakh's agent Pierre Frelot on Friday in order to discuss the possibility of a loan deal as he looks to find some extra cover for the injured Andy Carroll.
The Liverpool forward has been ruled out of action until the end of February but, despite already having Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga at the club, Allardyce is keen to add another option in the New Year.
Chamakh has struggled to make an impact in the last 18 months, despite initially impressing when he was first signed on a free transfer from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010 as he scored seven league goals before December.
However, he became limited to appearances from the bench and last season started just one Premier League game. Wenger handed the 28-year-old a chance when he came on against Bradford but he was unable to make a difference as he wasted a number of chances and missed a penalty in the shoot-out.
The shock defeat in the Capital One Cup could be Chamakh's last game for Arsenal as long as he agrees to make the move to West Ham during the January transfer window.
Wenger will hope that he can also bring some new facts to the club, with the Telegraph reporting that he has a £40million transfer kitty that could see as many as three new players arrive.
Arsenal are hoping to convince Schalke forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha to make the move to the Emirates, while they are also considering bids for either Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina or Stoke stopper Asmir Begovic.