Tottenham only big-six club not sent begging letter by West Ham - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are the only top-six English club who have not been sent a transfer begging letter by West Ham, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Hammers have resorted to desperate measures to boost their squad in the January window by making a general plea to the leading Premier League outfits.
It is said that West Ham chiefs “have sent letters out to Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United asking whether they have any strikers, full-backs or central defenders they would be prepared to loan out in the January window”.
The east London club are keen to assess the possibility of being loaned a fringe member of the strongest squads in the land before moving on to other targets.
Intriguingly, West Ham have not sent the same letter to Tottenham even though Spurs have high calibre players who are not playing regularly in the positions manager Slaven Bilic wants to fill.
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One such player named by the Telegraph is Kevin Wimmer, who can play at centre-back as well as stand in at left-back.
But such is the emnity between Tottenham and West Ham, which has been partly fuelled by the east London club winning the race to land the Olympic Stadium, that the two boardrooms have refused to do transfer business.
The Hammers have made specific enquiries for strikers Daniel Sturridge, Michy Batshuayi, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, while also asking for other players from the big guns.
Tottenham are fifth in the league heading into the hectic festive period, although they are a distant 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
By contract, West Ham are in 13th place after consecutive wins over Burnley and Hull, although they are 14 points behind Spurs.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Pochettino has given the green light for three players to quit Spurs in the January window.