With £10m West Ham bid reportedly tabled for 27-yr-old, Sullivan hasn't learned his lesson
By Richard Parks
West Ham must call a halt to their pursuit of Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues.
He is not the answer to their need for new attacking thrust in the summer window and the club are far better off concentrating their efforts on signing players better equipped for the demands of the Premier League.
Football news site Turkish Football claim West Ham have already tabled a £10million bid for Rodrigues and that Galatasaray are now willing listen to offers for the 27-year-old Cape Verde international in the upcoming transfer window.
The asking price? £15million for a player with a decent, but far from jawdropping, record in the Turkish league.
It appears that David Sullivan, the West Ham chairman who spearheads their recruitment and negotiates all the deals, has not learned the lesson of the last few years.
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The Hammers have been badly mismanaged – and we’re not talking the head coach, here, but the board who just keep getting it wrong.
Whether it is buying and selling players, or the stadium move, Sullivan and company are consistently successful at messing it up.
Rodrigues is not the answer for West Ham, just as Javier Hernandez was not last summer, or the other countless duds recruited for big money and with not enough due diligence.
Rodrigues is a left winger who has scored seven goals and supplied nine assists in 31 appearances this season.
He is not an international star, and is as yet unproven in a major European league.
To be worth £15million, he needs to be one of the Turkish league’s star men, as Cenk Tosun was before his January move to Everton.
Hammers fans probably won’t be falling over themselves in excitement at the prospect of signing him.
Sullivan must turn his attention elsewhere or, preferably, put someone else in charge of the deal-making.