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.
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.