'He is a class player' – Top-flight manager confirms interest in West Ham attacker
West Ham United forward Toni Martinez is attracting interest from Scottish Premier League outfit Dundee, the Dark Blues manager has confirmed.
Neil McCann admitted that the SPL side had been looking at the Hammers forward but that a move would be unlikely due to the club’s lack of funds.
“Toni is a player I am aware of,” the Dark Blues boss said in the Scottish Sun.
“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t scour everywhere for all sorts of players that are available. We can’t spend a lot of money on strikers.
“Martinez is clearly a very talented striker but he played for West Ham at the weekend.
“He is a class player. I have looked at him, Tony is a player among probably 50 strikers.”
Martinez, 20, signed from Valencia for £2.4million in 2015 and immediately joined the Irons youth side.
Last year the forward enjoyed a spell on loan at Oxford United where he notched up one goal from nine outings and this season the youngster has been promoted to the first team where he earned his senior debut for the Hammers in their FA Cup draw with Shrewsbury Town.
Football Insider verdict:
McCann’s comments would certainly cool any prospective move between the two clubs but the Dark Blues manager stopped short of completely ruling out a move for the Irons attacker. At 20 Martinez needs an opportunity to get more goals and experience because he is not going to get that at the London Stadium, particularly in the middle of a relegation battle. The young Spaniard is clearly in the mind of West Ham manager, David Moyes, who knows that the forward has plenty of talent which is why the boss selected him for the FA Cup. However, despite the injury crisis the club have found themselves in going forward, Martinez is yet to make his debut in the Premier League which means a spell in the SPL would benefit everybody.
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