West Ham have new striker plan after £6m bid rejected - reliable journalist
By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham have decided to end their interest in Jermain Defoe and are now focusing on signing Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, according to a reliable journalist.
Jason Burt, the Telegraph’s chief football correspondent, tweeted on Monday morning that the Hammers attempted to sign the 34-year-old striker in the January transfer window but the bid was rejected.
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) May 22, 2017
Told as part of this West Ham now have no interest in re-signing Defoe despite making £6m bid in January. https://t.co/85rzft52SG
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) May 22, 2017
This tweet follows up from his piece in the Telegraph where he reports that the West Ham hierarchy have held a meeting with boss Slaven Bilic about the potential arrivals for the upcoming season.
Burt mentions that 20-year-old Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho will be one of West Ham’s key transfer targets in the summer as they look to strengthen in the attacking department.
This news follows up from a report in the Evening Standard which suggested that West Ham are plotting a £20million move for the Manchester City forward.
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Burt’s piece also reveals that the Hammers will also keep an eye on Daniel Sturridge’s situation at Anfield as they would like to make him a West Ham player next season.
The 27-year-old striker scored against West Ham as Liverpool strolled to a 4-0 win at the London Stadium a couple of weeks ago.
The report suggests at this current moment in time, the Iheanacho deal is more likely to take place.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham are making the correct decision to not pursue former player Jermain Defoe in the summer transfer window. Defoe has been a revelation since returning to the Premier League with Sunderland but the Hammers need to be moving forward and acquiring the signature of Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho would be a massive statement. The Nigerian striker is very young and he already has experience playing at the top level so it won’t be much of a gamble. It’s also a smart decision to concentrate more on signing Iheanacho than Daniel Sturridge because Liverpool secured Champions League football on the final day therefore the forward isn’t likely to want to leave the Merseyside club this summer.
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