Teams unwilling to sell to us our transfer targets, West Ham owner says


London, Sept. 23, 2020 (Reuters/Naija247news) West Ham United may not sign any more players before the transfer window shuts on Oct. 5, the English Premier League (EPL) club’s co-owner David Sullivan has said.

Sullivan said this was because the bids made for targets named by manager David Moyes have not been accepted.

West Ham have made only one first team signing in defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek.

Successive league defeats by Newcastle United and Arsenal have only stoked the fans’ anger towards the club’s hierarchy for the lack of incoming players.

It was reported that West Ham made an offer for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, but the London side failed to meet the asking price.

This was after offering 30 million pounds (38.18 million dollars).

“We have got a very unbalanced squad. We have now got the funds to buy a player or two, but unfortunately… the players the manager wants we cannot get..

“I am waiting for targets for the manager and we have got two or three bids in, but unfortunately the benchmark is very high and it’s very hard to get those players.

“We have a number of bids in for a number of players, but teams don’t want to lose them… key players at decent sized clubs, outside the UK… so whether we get any of these players I do not know,” Sullivan said.

A number of players have left West Ham, including winger Grady Diangana, whose sale to newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion was even criticised by club captain Mark Noble.

Sullivan added the club could be in financial trouble if spectators remain barred from stadiums to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We have got limited fund.

“We have also got the fact we’ll probably get no gate money for the rest of the season and we’ve got to keep the club afloat and pay wages.

“We have chased dreams the last two years and bought a pile of players who haven’t impacted the club, and maybe they will over the coming seasons, because there are some damn good players,” he added.

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