Slaven Bilic and West Ham’s board won’t budge from their top priority transfer market position when they meet tomorrow (Mon) and will “move heaven and earth” to bring in Dimitri Payet and Carl Jenkinson to the club.
The three men have already agreed over long distance calls that the priorities are a creative midfielder, the right back and Alex Song as their first choice as the defensive midfielder.
Slav has made it clear the team needs a top quality creative midfielder in Payet and is very keen for the Irons negotiating team to bring Jenks back to the club on loan.
And that means a move for Charlie Austin is unlikely having been described to us as “not a priority at this stage of proceedings.”
Although admitting to ClaretandHugh earlier this afternoon that the Payet deal is still some way off, we have been told in the last few minutes that “an incredible offer had been made for the player.”
Our source said: “It is not the £14 million mentioned in some media today but it is an incredible offer. The player wants to come here.
“Once we hopefully get that done we can look at getting the Jenkinson and Song moves settled- these are the agreed priorities between us.”
Questioned directly on the alleged interest in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin we were told: “It’s not realistic at this stage. There are several other positions we need to cover more urgently.”