ALLARDYCE: We haven’t clinched any deals


Boss Sam Allardyce has delivered an update on his striker targets and made it clear things are still on hold.

The manager is determined to bring in a front man but thus far – despite positive reports – it hasn’t happened.

Questioned directly on Inter-Milan’s  Ishak Befodil – who has been the subject of positive reports, his response seemed a little evasive.

He said: ” “We’re trying, we’ve been trying for several weeks. Certainly I thought I would be talking about one player today that we would have had in the country and signed or nearly signed but that fell into some paperwork problems yesterday.

“All the players you’re talking about we are interested in but we haven’t clinched any significant deals as of this moment in time.”

And on central target Lacina Traore his difficult response verbatim was:  “That’s all about a work permit if that’s to progress on the basis of in this country it would have to be a tribunal for that situation, so that’s what we’ll progress with as quickly as possible.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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