Parma crisis could help West Ham land reported January target

Parma fans at Ennio Tardini

The Hammers had been linked with a mid-season move for Parma striker Ishak Belfodil and developments at the Italian club could play into their hands.

Former PSG striker Nene may have been recruited to the West Ham United cause already this month, as reported by the BBC, but Sam Allardyce may well have one eye on goings-on in Italy.

Parma, a club steeped in tradition and major continental success, are on the brink of collapse after the club’s debts seemingly caught up with them.

Players and staff have gone unpaid for months and with the Serie A side no longer able to even pay for ground staff, their fixtures for the remainder of the season have been voided and demotion looks likely.

Yet for all the sadness and concern surrounding the plight of this once great club, the likes of Allardyce and West Ham may well be taking even more of an interest in the future of the Parma squad.

More specifically they will be looking at Algeria international and long-time target Ishak Belfodil and his plans for the future.

The 23-year-old has been on the Hammers’ radar since January 2014, with The Guardian reporting at the time that the London club were keen to recruit the forward on a loan deal from Inter Milan.

A deal had looked to be have been agreed in principle, only for the move to collapse with Belfodil moving to Livorno on loan before sealing a permanent switch to Parma last summer.

Even then West Ham continued to pursue the player, with Tutto Mercato claiming back in December that the club would move for the forward.

Once again, however, no deal materialised, with Belfodil remaining in Italy.

Yet, with Parma close to the brink and the Algerian facing an uncertain future, could West Ham and Sam Allardyce be about to benefit from the demise of this once great Italian club?

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