Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano is set to seal a move to Premier League club West Ham United, according to Sky Sports.
Amalfitano, who spent the whole of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, appears to be surplus to requirements at the Stade Velodrome.
The 29-year-old is therefore no stranger to the rigours of the Premier League, having spent the duration of the 2013-2014 season on loan at West Brom, netting 4 goals in 30 appearances.
Room for improvement
Usually deployed out wide, Amalfitano began his career in the youth teams of Cannes, before moving to Sedan and making his professional debut against future club Marseille in August 2006.
The Frenchman’s debut season was to end in tragedy however, with Sedan finishing 19th, resulting in relegation to Ligue 2.
2008 saw Amalfitano depart Sedan to sign for Lorient, where in three seasons the midfielder scored 14 goals in 110 games. This duly alerted Marseille to the midfielder’s services, and they moved quickly to snap up Amalfitano on a free transfer on the summer of 2011. Amalfitano went on to make 58 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.
Premier League switch shortlived
Amalfitano was on the move yet again, this time to sign for Premier League club West Brom, where he managed to endear himself to West Brom fans with a goal against Manchester United en route to a shock win against the then Premier League Champions at Old Trafford, as well as an audacious 35 yard lob against Cardiff City.
His time at the Hawthorns however was also characterised by dips in form, which goes some way to explaining why West Brom chose not to exercise the option for a permanent transfer.
The versatile playmaker is also a one-time French international, having made his debut in 2012 against Germany on 29th February 2012, managing to get an assist. To date, this remains his only appearance for the national team.
Upton Park upheaval
Amalfitano will not be the only new fact at Upton Park – provided he does end up joining West Ham – with World Cup star Enner Valencia, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zararte, Aaron Creswell, Diego Poyet and Carl Jenkinson the new faces in at Upton Park as under-fire boss Sam Allardyce plots ahead of the new season.
While the signing of Amalfitano may do little to appease West Ham fans baying for Allardyce’s blood, it will go a long way towards changing Allardyce’s style of football, which has attracted vociferous criticism from West Ham fans.