According to reports in Italy the Hammers will have a fresh look at persuading long term target Ishak Belfodil to join them this summer on a free transfer. The 23 year old Algerian striker’s contract was terminated by mutual consent earlier this month after Parma were relegated.
Nobody at Parma has been paid since July 2014 and in March the club was put in administration. The player has waived his 700,000 Euros per season contract worth approximately £9,750 per week to became a free agent.
“Ishak Belfodil and Parma FC today terminated by mutual consent the contract which would have kept him at the club until June 2018,” the club announced on its official website.
Belfodil explained “I terminated my contract because I still had three years left with a high wage. As a free agent, I hope to have a few more advantages finding a new club”
Belfodil started his football career in France with Paris Saint-Germain, Clermont and Lyon, before moving to Italy with Bologna on loan and eventually Parma.Eight goals in his first season led to a move to Inter Milan in 2013, but after no goals he was farmed out on loan to Livorno, with Parma re-purchasing him last summer.