West Ham fans react angrily on Twitter as Gold delivers verdict on Defoe
By Emma Sanders
West Ham fans have reacted angrily on Twitter after David Gold posted a message questioning the sell-on value of Jermain Defoe.
The co-chairman was responding to a question from a fan on Twitter who asked whether Gold agreed with him that Defoe would be worth £15million.
Gold responded in controversial fashion as he appeared to question whether the club’s long-term business plan would be affected, as he suggested Defoe may not be worth that amount by the age of 36.
How much do you think you could sell Defoe for when he's 36? dg https://t.co/0aFF6ZCbfi
— David Gold (@davidgold) January 9, 2017
The Guardian reported on Wednesday that West Ham had two bids turned down for the striker but reports suggested the club could bounce back with an elevated offer.
However, Gold’s tweet suggests the Hammers will not opt to pursue Defoe because they are reluctant to spend big when there is a possibility his value will fall.
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Fans were not pleased to see Gold’s response and claimed the chairman was more interested in making money rather than on the success of the team.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
it's not about selling him, it's about getting us goals that we desperately need you money hungry ballbag
— Kye (@kyesmh) January 9, 2017
Stupid statement when you have said we are not a selling club but yes, He is to old and need to remember half his goals are pens!
— ⚒ (@kaz7289) January 9, 2017
you said you were in it for WH not money. But when we really need a player, you reject him because of his resale value. Liar Dave
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) January 9, 2017
an there it is…from the horses mouth…that's all its about…profit ????
— Dr. Dick Splash (@WHU_80) January 9, 2017
@TheCole01 so ambitious David. Only in it for the money
— WHUFC (@IRONSSSS) January 9, 2017
when did we become a selling club again?
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) January 9, 2017
Why does that matter? How much money in prize money from his goals propelling a team up the table would be made?
— Mark Harrison (@MarkHarrison23) January 9, 2017
is this purely a business venture?
— West Ham Art (@AngelicUpstarta) January 9, 2017
Defoe has been excellent for Sunderland so far this season and has already netted 11 goals in 22 appearances but David Moyes has insisted the striker is not for sale.
West Ham have struggled to gain consistency in the Premier League throughout 2016-17 and many fans hope to see some new signings in January.
In other West Ham transfer news, Chelsea have named this player as a top target.