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Premier Leagueâ€™s new boys West Ham have made a wonderful start to this edition of the Premier League and Sam Allardyce aims to strengthen his squad further with a winter move for former Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka.
The 33 year-old left Chelsea after a four-year spell to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua for a lucrative Â£250,000-a-week pay package in January this year. However, the forward has endured a tough time in China, with power struggles within the club costing him his wages. The forward is a player-assistant manager at the club and has a little over a year left on his current deal with the Chinese club.
Sam Allardyce is interested in signing the experienced Frenchman, having worked with him previously at Bolton, revealed the Daily Star. Anelka has a wealth of experience in England, having played for Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City earlier in his career and his arrival could boost West Hamâ€™s season considerably.
The Hammers currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, having gathered 18 points this season. Anelka appears unsettled at the Chinese club and the forward would welcome an opportunity to return to England, especially if West Ham are able to build on their strong start to the season. Allardyce is confident that he could sign the forward this January, given their previous relationship although West Ham seem incapable of matching the wages he drew in China.
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