West Ham striker twist: Club make emphatic decisions about two targets - report
By Harry Sykes
West Ham have abandoned plans to sign Jermain Defoe this month as they turn to alternative targets, according to a report.
The club’s co-owner David Sullivan has also insisted that Celtic’s Moussa Dembele is not on the club’s January shopping list.
The two emphatic striker decisions have provided a fresh twist to the Hammers’ plans to strengthen their front line this month.
The Telegraph report that that West Ham are weighing up alternative targets after being told again by Sunderland that Defoe is not for sale this month.
It is said that the Londoners had a £6million bid rejected for the veteran striker, 34, but manager David Moyes has made it clear, publicly and privately, that he will not accept the Wearside club cashing in on their main man.
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Meanwhile, West Ham are not in the market to sign Dembele despite an ‘Insider’ transfer column on the club’s official website revealing on Thursday that they had made a £20million bid for a Scotland-based player, who is widely believed to be the prolific Celtic spearhead.
“We have not bid for this player and he’s not a target of ours,” Sullivan is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.
Hammers manager Slaven Bilic has made no attempt to hide his desire to reinforce an attack that has failed to fire this season.
No striker has scored more than the two league goals by injury-prone Andy Carroll, with summer signing Simone Zaza already back at Juventus after his season-long loan was cut short at the start of this month.
West Ham are back in action on Friday night they face Manchester City in the FA Cup third round.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have been installed odds-on favourites to sign a Premier League midfield goal machine this month.