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Irons ‘Insider’ gives huge striker clue


Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League FinalWest Ham’s board always relentlessley insist that they are unwilling to discuss any particular player who is at the centre of negotiation until a deal is done.

And the official site’s “source” the ‘Insider’ in using the expression in his/her latest column virtually confirms that Carlos Bacca may well be close to hitting the road for the east end.

Many details have arisen,  including more today, from the Mail –  Slaven Bilic’s chosen newspaper in which to write a column – and given that it today gives some inside info on the story, it can all but be taken as read he is now the club’s chosen striker.

The Insider declares the official site : ” Speculation continues to grow over which new big name forward will be brought into the squad next season.

“I have been told that the club have several huge bids in for strikers and in one case it has been accepted by the club ( as is now widely known to be AC Milan)  but not by the player yet.

The Club are not prepared to give away which names they are going for until a deal has been completed.

Get the welcome mat ready for Colombian Mr Bocca!

Meanwhile, despite Besiktas confirming the Gokhan Tore loan switch, The Insider claims the deal won’t be concluded until next week.

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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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  • johnboy says:

    So money wins again maybe ! As the player would prefer a move to Spain ?
    I would prefer a player that wants to come here , not for the money .
    No matter how good he is !

    • aykay says:

      I would prefer that too johnboy, but as our hunt for a striker continues i have grown to realise that the calibre of strikers we are looking at are also being hunted by teams who have more money ,CL football , and years of sustained success. Even with bacca we are competing against the likes of athletico madrid and psg have also been mentioned. I think we have to do what it takes to get smeone in , hopefully have another excellent season in the league and maybe a cup run in the europa to become more firmly established so we can lure the top players we are trying to attract more easily.

  • Antman says:

    This man is top draw.He will be fantastic signing.

  • bubs says:

    He only wants Spain because he speaks the Lingo,it does not rain all the time,you don’t pay as much Tax,
    It’s cheaper to live
    They give you time off at Xmas,
    You don’t play so many games,
    It’s cheaper to live,
    And beer is a 5th of the price,
    But you can’t get pie and mash,
    Season tickets are 10th of the price and no problem getting

  • Ironworker says:

    Big Big Worry if we only have Carroll & Bacca and Sako & Valencia go , I know what’s coming they will both be out injured then who do we play up front ? We need to buy 2 strikers forcover !

    • Farang Hammer says:

      Agreed! Scary and inevitable thought. We do score goals from midfield but it won’t be enough when both strikers are injured.
      Crazy how we had sak, valencia, andy, zarate and jellyfish and now will be left with barebones! I have faith that King Slav knows what he is doing though.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I am not sure Bacca wants to play in England which is possibly why he is asking for such a huge salary, if I was him I think I would prefer Atletico but hopefully we can sign him, with Sakho possibly on his way out I wonder if it is worth considering Hal Robson-Kanu certainly not a marquee signing but he could be a great stop gap to fill Sakho’s position and he would also be great to have as reserve striker to come on late in games we need to hold on for a result add to that he is available on a free so a win win situation.

  • johnboy says:

    It has become a farce concerning sakho ! Ffs , its a typical Dave’s balls up, there was no need to make sakho unwanted with a big time charlie bid for a striker , he will soon be gone and for why ?? WBA are said to be offering 15 mill for him, they know he is worth it !
    We have to buy 2 strikers but at the moment we can’t even secure 1 , lol, what a shame they want to let him go . You don’t stay where you are not welcome !! But mark my words he will come back to haunt us . And carol will get injured !
    We will end up playing like the arse , ****e centre forward and scoring as we did last year from m/f !
    Hence the m/f players coming in !
    Totally niffed off with all this malarky now , hence the crap ramble !!!!

  • Antman says:

    Ffs calm down Johnboy lol.There were issues with Sak long before the desire for a new forward was mentioned.Why blame the daves.Did they get him into trouble over his ex.Did they crash his car.Did they have a training ground bust up with Bilic.He is going to explode like a barrel of gun powder one day mark my words.Selling him could be a blessing in disguise in the long run imo.

    • gas says:

      so the daves rigged sak’s motor & relationship? good lord, where do they find the time for such shenanigans? I think it’s clear he’s a troubled soul and probably not best suited to life in the spotlight – needing too much love. cracking player when he’s o his game but I an perfectly understand why slav is happy letting him move on.

      i’m sure if we allow sak & Valencia to go & bring in bacca there will be another striker coming in – with the income from S+V allowing us to avoid the bargain bins.

  • johnboy says:

    Having a barney with the bird ain’t an issue !! Its a domestic row which got out of hand , no charges brought because it was nothing ! Crashing the car , f/me a crime punishable by death , a bust up with Bilic ? If there was a bust up like you are saying , and no one really knows what or if it was a bust up , he would have been sent to train with the kids like the amoultifarmo Muppet ! The problem was the Dave’s big time charlie check book filled with TV money trying to make statement of we are big time ( not yet ) giving players huge pay rises while paying him a pittance ! Pished , so would I be ,
    Time bomb waiting to explode ? Who came to that conclusion ! Wet pants !
    The Dave’s as usual open their traps far to early instead of keeping stum and do the buisness behind the scenes when it was required !
    That IMO is bad buisness ! Let’s get it right here , its a fact that bacca wants a Spain move , let’s hope we don’t get embarrassed again , because every time they cock up with their statements it doesn’t just embarrass them it puts us on offer to !
    Don’t forget the brexit remark about players not being able to come if we leave !!!
    F/me all the players we are going after are foreign !! Get my drift , total xollob ??

    • Ray says:

      Do you ever stop bloody ranting & moaning!

      • johnboy says:

        Explain what is the rant , what is the moan and explain what isn’t a point of fact ? Its how I personally see it. , as do many many others ,its a point of view ?
        Explain you’re comment , if you disagree with my comment then that’s fine , just say so.
        A rant ,a moan ?? Lost me there !

  • teddybard says:

    Just a quick thought but while the club are still on tour will he have spoken properly to Slav.
    I doubt any deal would go through without such a talk.
    The Daves are probably aware that there is serious competition and
    probably will say nothing till they have done the deal
    Or is it another smokescreen ???

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