The Hammers look to kick things off in the transfer market in typical fashion… by signing yet another striker.
The Daily Mail claims newly promoted West Ham are set to raise their offer for Norwich striker Grant Holt.
Manager Sam Allardyce has had a £3.5million bid rejected but will now offer £4 million for the 31-year-old, who scored 17 goals last term. Norwich are determined to take a stand against a player who has top scored for the club in each of his last three seasons, but after a well documented fall out between both parties culminated in the giant forward stating his intentions to exit over twitter, there seems to be only one logical outcome to the entire fiasco.
For West Ham that logical outcome naturally involves the acquisition of another striker, and Grant Holt certainly fits the mold for Allardyce, mainly due to the fact he can get his head on long aimless punts more often than not.
But it’s not just ageing target men that Allardyce is pining over. After splashing out more than most in recent years, at a questionable success rate, the Hammers are thought to be running on a limited budget this summer.
That’s why they’re being linked to former Racing Santander man, and current free agent, Claudio Yacob. Yacob, 24, is an anchor midfielder available for nothing after falling out with his former club and, according to the Daily Mail’s Sports Insider, The Argentinian would fancy a move to England.
He was apparently watched by two of the big boys in Arsenal and Manchester United, but both were left unsure about how the players physique would hold up to the rigors of English football. Sam Allardyce however has managed to forge a career out of mixing the best of continental flare and cultured skill with brute force and direct play, so perhaps there’s hope yet for any potential deal.
Whilst all this will no doubt delight fans in East London, gagging for the opportunity to witness another fruitful campaign in the top flight, it can’t compare to the tragic news of Robert Green’s impending departure.
After briefly considering Tottenham’s Heurelho Gomes, QPR’s intriguing pursuit of a safe pair of hands seems to have stopped with the signing of the England International on a £50,000 a week contract.
He’d possibly be a like for like replacement for Paddy Kenny, quite literally, as the Irishman prepares to rejoin spiritual mentor Neil Warnock at Leeds.
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