David Gold and David Sullivan may have blocked a big-money West Ham move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that Aston Villa are favourites to land the 23-year-old.

This site also understands that Leicester City and Wolves are interested in the six-cap England international.

Chelsea set an asking price of £40million for Abraham, a sum which West Ham manager David Moyes claims prices his side out of a potential move.

Quoted by Sky Sports, the 58-year-old said: “If that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.

Kenny suggests that the London Stadium hierarchy may have forced the Scot to adopt this stance.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Who knows with the West Ham owners, they might be pricing him out of these players.

“They might not have that money available at the moment. That’s a possibility. 

“They are doing unbelievable this season, but it’s a tough one. It depends on whether the money is there anyway.

“They might be thinking £40m is too much for Abraham. Do you want to spend that money on a player who might only get you nine or 10 goals in a season?”

West Ham have only one recognised striker on the books at present, Michail Antonio.

His nine goals this term have helped fire the Hammers into contention for a top-four spot with four matches remaining.

In other news, West Ham could be devastated by “tragic” £30m-plus blow on 29 May.