West Ham United have completed the signing of Morocco international striker Marouane Chamakh on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old becomes the Hammers' third attacking signing of the January transfer window, joining England international midfielder Joe Cole and Republic of Ireland Under-19 centre forward Sean Maguire at the Boleyn Ground.

Capped 61 times by his country, Chamakh enjoyed a prolific eight-year spell at French club Girondins de Bordeaux, where he won the French Ligue 1 title in 2009. He then moved to English football with Arsenal in 2010. There, despite limited opportunities, the 6'2 tall frontman has managed 14 goals in 67 appearances over the past two-and-a-half seasons.

Chamakh, who will become the first Moroccan to represent the club, said he is looking forward to making his mark in a claret and blue shirt.

"I'm very happy to be here, I want to play and give my best for this team," said Chamakh. "I can bring my heading, some goals and we will see what else.

"I played with Alou Diarra in Bordeaux and we were champions together. I also know Mohamed Diame and Carlton Cole.

"I think this will be a very important move for me and I don't want to waste any more time. I want to contribute immediately. I didn't have opportunities to play recently, but I did well before and I know I am a very good striker. We played only one striker at Arsenal, so I didn't play a lot, so I hope to do so more with West Ham."

Born in Tonneins in south west France, Chamakh started his career as a schoolboy with local clubs NĂ©rac and Marmandais before joining Bordeaux at the age of 16 in 2000.

There, he played alongside future West Ham winger Julien Faubert as Les Girondins won the French League Cup in 2007. In all, he totalled 76 goals in 301 appearances for the club, including 16 in 38 European appearances.

On moving to north London in summer 2010, Chamakh scored six goals in his opening 12 Arsenal appearances, finishing his first campaign with the Gunners with 12 strikes in total. Since then, however, his opportunities have been limited, but he did manage two goals in the club's 7-5 Capital One Cup fourth-round victory over Reading in October.

At international level, Chamakh has long been a vital figure for Morocco, for whom he played in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations defeat by Tunisia. However, he has not been selected in his country's squad for this month's tournament in South Africa.

In all games, the powerful foward has netted a more than respectable 107 goals in 429 appearances for club and country.

QPR