Chamakh's goals fired Bordeaux to the French league title last season
West Ham hope to wrap up the signing of Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh this week, BBC Sport understands.
The deal depends on the sale of James Collins, who was the subject of a £5m bid from Stoke last week and has also attracted interest from Aston Villa.
Morocco international Chamakh, 25, would cost about £7m and is expected to sign a five-year deal at Upton Park.
Chamakh scored 14 goals last season to help Bordeaux break Lyon's seven-year monopoly of the French league title.
Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has been told he must sell before he can bring any more players to the club.
The Italian has a surfeit of central defenders, with England international Matthew Upson, Welsh duo Danny Gabbidon and Collins and promising home-grown player James Tomkins all vying for two positions.
As far as I know, he (Dean Ashton) is still doing his rehabilitation and I'm hoping to have him in my team
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola
However, he is desperately short of strikers, with Carlton Cole the only fit centre forward in the first-team squad.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill travelled to Upton Park to watch Collins and Upson play in the 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday.
Zola would be willing to let Collins leave the club but is reluctant to allow Upson to leave unless he receives a huge offer of "Joleon Lescott proportions", BBC Sport understands.
Everton defender Lescott is poised to join Manchester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £24m.
Meanwhile, Zola has denied reports that striker Dean Ashton could be about to announce his retirement because of a serious ankle injury.
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