West Ham may be on the cusp of a major final (and the League Cup IS a major final, if you disagree, you will have me to deal with).
However, they all know that the squad needs a major overhaul this month in order to stay up. Avram ‘Teabag’ Grant also knows that, despite being the cup run specialist, the only way that his job reprieve will be more permanent is if he keeps the Hammers up.
No point being League Cup winners in the Championship!
Therefore, as well as adding Wayne Bridge to their huge hole at left-back (although, Upson did pretty well on Tuesday night), they are hunting for help in their front line to boot.
The man Grant is chasing is an Udinese player who is also interesting other Serie A clubs Genoa and Fiorentina (who see him as a possible replacement for the want away Alberto Gilardino).
Antonio Floro Flores is the man in question, the 27-year old Italian can play either the role up front or the really aggressive wide role that Freddie Sears and Victor Obinna currently occupy and would certainly upgrade that position.
The problem comes from the fact that the former Napoli player, who has played over 100 games for Udinese, will cost somewhere in the region of £6m. A fee that certainly Sampdoria and probably Genoa as well could afford, certainly more so than it appears West Ham want too.
Therefore, keeping Grant a reprieve may well be costing Gold, Sullivan and Brady to dig much deeper in their pockets than they want too.