It’s pretty quiet in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening as the few punters enjoy their pre-Christmas beverages but things start to hot up with news that West Ham United are planning a move to bring Premier League nomad Nicolas Anelka back to England.
The Sun reports that the 33-year-old is desperately trying to leave Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January as he wants to finish his career playing in the English top-flight once more.
His former manager at Bolton, Sam Allardyce is very keen to bring him to Upton Park as he looks to reinforce his strikeforce for the rest of the season and Hammers assistant manager Neil McDonald did little to dampen speculation when asked about a move for the striker yesterday.
He told the Sun: “We are looking for good players and Anelka is a good player. He had a fantastic relationship with Sam.”
The former Chelsea striker could become available during the New Year with a possible pay dispute with the Chinese side likely to result in his contract being cancelled.
However it remains to be seen whether Anelka can still cut it at the highest level after only netting a miserable three times in his 22 appearances for the Chinese Super League outfit.