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Hammers chase Piquionne

Striker determined to re-unite with former boss at Upton Park

Piquionne: Hammers target

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West Ham have reportedly joined the chase for want-away striker Frederic Piquionne.

The 31-year-old has returned to his parent club Lyon following a successful loan spell at Portsmouth last season.

Piquionne, who was managed by Avram Grant at Fratton Park, seems determined to re-unite with his former boss at Upton Park ahead of the new season.

The former Rennes and Monaco forward is reportedly upset at having to return to the Stade Gerland, where he is now expected to force his way into the first team, and now the France international has issued a come and get me plea to Premier League clubs.

He told L'Equipe: "I want to play so I need to leave. It will be England or nothing else."


Meanwhile, former Rangers and Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong looks set to depart Lyon.

The 30-year-old could be used as the makeweight in the Ligue 1 side's

attempts to sign striker Yoann Gourcuff from rivals Bordeaux, while reports in France suggest that the defender could be set for a move to Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.

Boumsong admitted to L'Equipe: "I would have preferred to stay, but obviously I am not top priority in defence."