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West Ham eyeing Arsenal hero Pires

West Ham United are eyeing released Villarreal midfielder Robert Pires.

The Sunday Mirror says Pires wants to return to the Premier League - and West Ham are set to swoop for the French World Cup winner.

Pires is now a free agent after his contract expired at Spanish club Villarreal. And he said last night: "I would like the chance to play in England again."

The 36-year-old midfield player spent six years at Arsenal during which time he won two championships and three FA Cups.

He was also part of The Invincibles team that went unbeaten in the Premier League in 2004.

Under Gianfranco Zola's management, West Ham last season sounded out Pires about coming back to England.

Zola has now left but West Ham could still be keen on the midfield star. At 36, Pires feels he can still play an active role in first team football.

"There is no problem with my fitness," he said.

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