Filed: Monday, 30th January 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are hoping to bring in at least two new faces ahead of tomorrow night's 11pm transfer deadline.
With Brazilian forward Ze Eduardo already on his way to London in order to undergo a medical ahead of a loan move from Italian side Genoa, Sam Allardyce is still hoping to extend his squad further - although much will depend on whether he can shift one or two of the existing squad first.
As has been the case since the beginning of the transfer window, both Freddie Piquionne and John Carew are available for transfer - although as of this morning (Monday), neither are close to sealing a move elsewhere.
The misfiring Piquionne - who has scored just twice this season in 21 appearances - was the subject of an enquiry from Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the month, although their interest has since cooled.
KUMB.com understands that in addition to a further striker, Allardyce is keen to bring in an attacking midfielder on loan - although that may not happen until after tomorrow night's transfer deadline passes.
Clubs outside of the Premier League are allowed to bring in players on short-term deals between 8th February and 24th March.
Definitely out of the picture are Académica striker Eder - who rejected a move to east London at the weekend - and Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes, despite a fresh enquiry from West Ham last week.
The Terriers' stance regarding the 21-year-old striker's availability remains unchanged.
West Ham have also resigned themselves to defeat in the hunt for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, who is understood to be speaking with Premier League outfit Everton over a permanent switch from Glasgow Rangers.
Meanwhile Allardyce has failed in an attempt to land Barnsley winger Ricardo Vaz Te - formerly of Bolton - on the cheap. Tykes boss Keith Hill described United's undisclosed offer for the 25-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, as 'derisory'.
Finally, West Ham have made enquiries as to the availability of both Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Liverpool's Andy Carroll (who is represented by Mark Curtis, James Tomkins' new agent), although both enquiries are understood to have been rebuffed - despite claims to the contrary from elsewhere.
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01:55PM 30th Jan 2012
''They are never gonna get quality players cause they are too cheap! Vaz Te £1m? Are you having a laugh. Jordan Rhodes £3m? Get real. If we gotta pay money then buy what we need and make a decent bid.
£7.2m for Jelavic, is this for real? Let Everton have him and spend the money on better class. Billy Sharp going to the Saints is concerning and you can bet Cardiff are not finished in the market and they will strengthen.''