Obviously the Freddie penny never dropped
WEST HAM are set to reignite their interest in Robert Pires.
Pires, 36, has been a free agent since his contract at La Liga side Villarreal expired in the summer.
And the former Arsenal star has been keeping in shape by taking part in Gunners’ first-team training at their London Colney base.
Pires was reportedly a target for West Ham under the management of Gianfranco Zola last season, and it is understood that new manager Avram Grant could be ready to take a chance on the veteran midfielder who is free to sign at any stage.
The former France international, who spent six years at Arsenal and was part of the unbeaten team of 2003-04, is keen to stay in London.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently said that Pires has been “sparkling” during his recent training sessions and the midfielder is said to have impressed everyone with his sharpness and deadly finishing.
Pires made his name at Arsenal on the left flank but can also operate in central midfield or as a second striker.
And, after being hit by the news that summer signing Thomas Hitzlsperger is set for another four months on the sidelines with a thigh injury, Grant could be tempted to swoop for midfield reinforcements when the window opens in January.