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Wantaway: Grant Holt is desperate to leave Carrow Road
West Ham raise the stakes in Holt chase as Allardyce offers £6m for Norwich striker
West Ham have upped their bid for striker Grant Holt to £6million and hope a £4m payment up front will convince Norwich to sell.
The 31-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale, Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury frontman is desperate to quit Carrow Road this summer despite the arrival of new manager Chris Hughton.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has already seen bids of £3.5m and £5.5m rejected for the forward, who scored 17 goals last season.
Allardyce, whose newly-promoted side open their Premier League season against Holt's former manager Paul Lambert and Aston Villa in August, is keen to add firepower to his squad ahead of the new term.
West Ham already have an abundance of strikers in their squad with Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te, Nicky Maynard, Sam Baldock and Frederic Piquionne all in the mix.
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Barnet sign West Ham United youngster
Barnet have completed their second signing of the summer with defender Jordan Brown joining from West Ham United.
The left-back had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra and Aldershot Town last season, making 11 appearances in League Two.
Commenting on the 20-year-old’s signing, Bees Head Coach Mark Robson told the club’s official website: "Jordan is a player I've known about for a while now. He's had a good upbringing at West Ham - both on and off the pitch.
He continued: "He is a very promising player and he was unfortunate not to feature more in the West Ham First Team as he played a few times in their pre- season last year.
"With all the players they brought in he never really got an opportunity. But that can only be a good thing for us as I really want to help him develop and prosper as a Bee and I believe he will do that here.
"I'm very excited to finally get Jordan here as I know there were a few clubs chasing him. I'm glad he chose to come here."
good luck to the kid
Chelsea are closing in on Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 22, after being told they can have him for £25m.
Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen
Al-Shabab insist they don't want Michael Owen
Napoli have told Manchester City and Chelsea to forget about signing Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 25.
United Arab Emirates club Al-Shabab say they have no interest in signing striker Michael Owen following his release by Manchester United - claiming he is "on the downhill". Full story: Daily Mirror
Tottenham could ease the pain of losing Luka Modric to Real Madrid by signing Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23, in part exchange.
Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen's hopes of a £9.5m move to Tottenham are fading because of a clause in his contract entitling him to 15% of the transfer fee.
Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek is top of Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo's shopping list for a new right-back.
Kuban Krasnodar striker Lacina Traore
Lacina Troare is a reported taregt for Liverpool
Liverpool are ready to make a move to sign Ivorian striker Lacina Traore, 22, from Russian club Kuban Krasnodar.
Sunderland want to offload Ahmed Elmohamady and George McCartney to West Ham by the end of the month.
Football's law-makers will approve goal-line technology next week after officials failed to give a Ukraine goal against England.
Wayne Rooney flew to Los Angeles for a break to get away from the disappointment of England's Euro 2012 exit.
Rangers will begin pre-season training with only three players, with a host of contract rebels advised not to accept their wages if they choose to leave.
Lokomotiv Moscow and Croatia defender Vedran Corluka
Vedran Corluka has joined Lokomotiv Moscow
Roman Pavlyuchenko has told Lokomotiv Moscow they have captured Tottenham's best defender by signing Vedran Corluka. Full story: Daily Mail
Olivier Giroud is just the man to end Arsenal's seven-year wait for a trophy, says the club's former midfielder Stewart Robson.
Birmingham City were left red-faced after news of Lee Clark's appointment as manager was leaked on the internet - by his children.
babe of the day
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As bad as it may read & knowing how desperate Sunderland are to reducing the size of their squad. As each day goes by I can see the 2 Daves rubbing their hands knowing the price is dropping
Cheers CH, BOTD yes please!
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