Filed: Monday, 30th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
News is reaching us this lunchtime that West Ham have agreed a fee with Bristol City for the services of striker Sam Baldock.
The former MK Dons forward, who has been West Ham's most prolific striker in pre-season is understood to have been the subject of a bid by the Championship club a fortnight ago.
And KUMB.com understand that West Ham have now given City the green light to proceed with negotiations having accepted the fee offered - a fee thought to be in the region of £1.5million plus add-ons.
Several clubs have been vying to sign the 23-year-old Bedford-born striker during pre-season, with the Robins joined by the likes of Crystal Palace and Championship new boys Charlton as potential suitors.
However West Ham had refused to accept any offers from clubs for Baldock prior to today - promoting speculation that United are set to sign another forward to add to their existing front line options.
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04:41PM 4th Aug 2012
''Baldock is a decent player but he's unlikely to be a hit in the Prem. The strikers role in the Prem is not only about finishing chances, it's about creating them and Baldock doesnt fit the bill. Also, enough talk about changing the formation. Big Sam plays 4-5-1. Has done most of his managerial life so he's not going to change it. Yes, its stubborn but he's done alright for us so far. Defence will be better once Tomkins and Diame return.''
03:22PM 4th Aug 2012
''Shame he's going, seemed a really good prospect. Maybe a bit lightweight but given time who knows? Bet there's something being lined up as a replacement. Good luck Sam wherever you end up.''
by Romford Steve
08:19PM 2nd Aug 2012
''Not wishing to jump on the bandwagon, Sam, but in light of all of the above comments and what I've seen of the lad I think you've done a wrong'un. It may of course have been a decision further up the chain but how on earth can the club get rid of the lad without at least giving him the opportunity of a proper run in the team? Such a poor decision. Here's wishing Sam B. all the best.''
by Vancouver Hammer
11:10PM 1st Aug 2012
''Agree with everyone here. This lad has some quality that Cole and even Andy Carroll will never have. Quality like Bellamy but without that dreadful attitude. He'll be back in the Premier League and will score against us. Good luck little Sam!''
04:26PM 31st Jul 2012
''Why do they want to sell him? He was only signed less then a year ago, by the present management and has been the top scorer so far in pre-season matches.
He is young, English and will only get better.
I don't think he has been given a fair chance, compared to some of the other strikers.''
by Barry Goodacre
08:43PM 30th Jul 2012
''Why ???? He is a very promising young striker, but for injury last term I think he may have banged in quite a few more goals. Big mistake by Big Sam.''
by Tell it how it is Charlie!
05:04PM 30th Jul 2012
''I think West Ham need to concentrate on defenders. Is Demel up for it this season? I wouldn“t count on him playing 38 games!''
by simon Martheze
04:00PM 30th Jul 2012
''Total madness. Mr Manager, how can you buy a prolific goalscorer to bail you out of a fix (last season in the Championship) and sell him the next season without testing him in the Premier League? Especially if he is the one striker carrying the pre-season form?
I speak as a former midfield player, coach and manager. Surely this is the type of form West Ham is craving for. And sir, please dont tell me that goals scored in the Championship and pre-season friendlies are different to that required in the Premier League.
And finally let Barcelona FC, Messi and its other stars tell you that size does not matter. Will this be another regret that will come and haunt us? We however wish you well Sam. Do extremely well and live out your dream. God bless.''
by Cranham Hammer
01:44PM 30th Jul 2012
''It's such a shame Big Sam doesn't do small players. This lad is a clever player with so much potential. He is a better goal poacher than at least two 'goalscorers' we already have.''
01:14PM 30th Jul 2012
''Such a shame. A natural finisher (the best at the club IMO) and a great prospect for the future. Would like him played next to Cole upfront, but Allardyce seems to be too stubborn to do so. Could have played with a midfield three of Nolan, Noble and Diame. Baldock and Cole upfront. Give Vaz Te a free role at the head of midfield. A slightly radical idea to play without much width, but remember Zola's first season in charge where we played with a narrow diamond formation, we played some great football, and finished ninth in the league.''
01:14PM 30th Jul 2012
''Shame, I would have liked Baldock to stay. After watching the games in Dresden and Cottbus, I thought he played best out of all of them.''
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