Report: West Ham back in for Parma forward Ishak Belfodil

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West Ham have shown an interest in Parma’s 22-year-old forward Ishak Belfodil.

The Hammers were reportedly tracking the Algerian international during the last January transfer window, and although a move was rumoured to be close, no deal was confirmed.

However, it appears as if Sam Allardyce’s interest has not waned in the forward, and reports have indicated that ‘in the last few hours’ the East London club have moved to sign the Parma man.

With the success of the transfer business completed over the summer, it would be wise to keep faith in Allardyce when looking at a player, but Belfodil’s record hardly shines a positive light upon his name, with his career as a goalscorer being held back by his inability to score goals.

A former trainee at the Clairefontaine training academy in France, Belfodil started his professional career with Lyon, making 10 appearances without scoring a goal, as well as spending an eight-game loan spell with Bologna - which also resulted in no goals.

He completed a switch to Parma in 2012, and he enjoyed a strong first season, scoring eight goals in 33 games for the Serie A club. His form with I Crociati saw Internazionale sign the forward on a five-year deal for a reported €7.5 million, however, eight games brought no goals, and he was sent on loan to Serie A strugglers Livorno, and although he enjoyed a consistent run in the first team, he failed to register a single goal or assist in 17 games for the club who ultimately suffered relegation to Serie B.

He transferred back to Parma at the start of this campaign, but his form in front of goal has not returned, and he has ultimately played 11 games without finding the back of the net once again. Also an Algerian international, he won his first cap in 2013 off the back of his run of form, but has yet to open his international account in any of his five appearances.

It represents a strange target for West Ham, with their forward’s currently enjoying good runs in front of goal, but clearly Belfodil has shown something that Allardyce is keen on bringing to the Boleyn Ground. However, should a deal be completed, the 22-year-old would likely be unavailable until the end of January, with international duty at the African Cup of Nations taking him away from domestic football for a month.

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