Cottee: “Andy needs Ross McCormack”


TCotteeTony Cottee wants to see the club land Leeds United striker Ross McCormack this summer as worries about the club’s strike options continue.

Despite a top performance from Andy Carroll, particularly during the first half of yesterday’s clash against Liverpool, Cottee is insistent that he needs help.

He believes the Geordie Boy has become an isolated figure up front and reckons  McCormack is the lad to “keep him company.”

Despite sitting in 16th place in the Championship, McCormack has managed 28 goals in all competitions and would offer the Hammers a totally different option up front.

The club were in negotiations with the Elland Road outfit in the January window and are believed to have maintained a conversation since then.

Leeds want around £5 million for the Scot having turned down a £4 million bid from us towards deadline day.

Cottee believes the team performed reasonably okay although admitted Liverpool were never at their best.

He told ClaretandHugh “Andy is bearing the weight of everything up front and I continue to feel sorry for him. I’ve been a fan of Ross McCormack’s for about five years and would love to see him at the club.

“But whether he arrives or not we need to make our striking options the number one priority this summer. We can’t go into next season as we did this, so heavily reliant on the big fella.”

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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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