West Ham are likely to have another go at stealing Connor Wickham away from Sunderland.
But club bosses aren’t too confident they will get their man after being turned down flat with an opening bid of between £4m – £5m.
Despite the player being in the last year of his contract Sunderland are taking an extraordinarily hard line.
Gus Poyet hopes to team with fit again Steven Fletcher – who himself was an Irons target at one point.
A source told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “The club are likely to prepare another bid for the player but there’s not huge confidence Sunderland will sell.
“They turned down the first bid out of hand which surprised our people but we are likely to go in and test the water at least one more.”
Makes you wonder whether the soon to be Head of Transfers for the Hammers – and ex-Sunderland Head Scout!! – Tony Henry would be able to add some leverage!?
Or could that be the problem that Sunderland are playing hard ball with us coz we poached him???
Doubtful. Hard cash is hard cash