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Sullivan confirms interest in 'overseas' striker

Filed: Tuesday, 19th January 2016
By: Staff Writer

David Sullivan has refused to comment on rumours linking West Ham with a move for Watford's in-form striker Odion Ighalo.

West Ham United's co-owner appeared on Sky Sports this lunchtime (Tuesday) to talk about the transfer window and West Ham plans.

And whilst he refused to be drawn on the club's claimed interest in the 26-year-old Nigerian international, Sullivan admitted that West Ham are planning to bring in at least one new face in addition to defender Sam Byram, who is undergoing a medical today.

"We can't comment because it's called tapping-up!" he said. "But we are looking long-term for a 20-goal-a-season striker and there's a possibility that an overseas striker will come in on loan within the next seven days with an option to buy."

And when asked to indicate the identity of the player, Sullivan replied: "If I told you, you wouldn't believe me! I can't tell you because you'd know exactly who it is. It's like when we signed Manuel Lanzini from Saudi Arabia, but he has played in higher leagues.

"It's just a possibility and it may not happen - and if all our strikers are fit, we've probably got too many anyway."

Sullivan also confirmed that Mauro Zarate could be leaving the club before the end of the month - although much depended on who else was fit and available by then.

"Mauro wants first team football," he said. "He realises that if everyone is available he may be a little down the batting order, so it's possible that we'll let him go. But at this moment in time we can't let anybody go because of the injury situation.

"We've got so many strikers injured. We don't really want to let anybody go but also you don't want to have unhappy players, so it's about striking a balance and doing what's best for the player and club."

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