As West Ham limped into the Premiership after a less than impressive end to last season The Hammers players weren’t providing the best audition for life as a Premiership regular.
Unsurprisingly this has served as fuel for transfer mongers everywhere with a seemingly limitless supply of potential new recruits linked with Upton Park. The latest names to be added to this long list are that of Evian’s Yannick Sagbo, Grant Holt and Inter Milan’s Luc Castaignos according to The Mail.
Yannick Sagbo managed a reasonable 12 goals last campaign in spite of his team’s poor form, and if West Ham are going to avoid being drawn into a relegation dog fight they are going to need to strengthen in the attacking department. At the £4 million price The Mail suggest the Ivory Coast international may be worth a punt.
However one man who has already proven his ability to cope in England’s top division is Norwich’s want away striker Grant Holt. The Mail report that West Ham have already had bids for Holt rejected but given the Englishman’s solid season last time out The Hammers may prefer to continue testing The Canaries resolve rather than chance their arm on an unproven Ivorian.
The third player, and he certainly won’t be the last, The Mail link with a move to Upton Park is Inter Milan’s 19 year old forward Luc Castaignos. Although the Dutch under 19 international has drawn comparisons in some quarters to Thierry Henry at such a fledgling stage of his career The Hammers may not be able to afford the gamble of taking such an unproven player on loan.
With fellow newly promoted side Reading reportedly on the edge of capturing the impressive Pavel Pogrebnyak, reported by the BBC , West Ham supporters may be left disappointed by the current calibre of player being lined up to work under Sam Allardyce.