Did Parma block West Ham's move for Belfodil?

West Ham looked to have a deal for Inter talent Ishak Belfodil all wrapped up but there are reports that Serie A side Parma have stalled proceedings.

West Ham have been edging closer to the loan signature of Inter striker Ishak Belfodil, who is co-owned by Parma, but the deal appears to have hit an obstacle.

The Hammers will be desperate to add some fresh faces to their squad as they battle relegation and last night's 6-0 loss to Manchester City following hot on the heels of a 5-0 FA Cup embarrassment against Nottingham Forest highlighted the need for new blood at Upton Park.

Belfodil has long been at the top of West Ham's shopping list and it appeared that a deal was ready to be signed yesterday that would bring the 21-year-old to London on loan for the rest of the season with the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

However, the announcement didn't come and late last night several Italian media sources started to suggest that Belfodil's other owners Parma had vetoed the switch.

La Gazzetta dello Sport believes that the Ducali prevented the deal going through and that Sassuolo, who have also been tracking Belfodil are now firmly back in the hunt.

Bologna have also reportedly expressed an interest in Belfodil and the implication from the Italian media is that Parma would rather keep their man in Serie A.

Belfodil is an Algerian international and is looking for more regular first-team football in a bid to book a place at the World Cup having been a peripheral figure for Walter Mazzarri this season.

It is possible that West Ham will now turn their attentions to another Serie A star they are said to be watching - Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus.

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