Irons will miss out on one time bargain-buy striker offer


West Ham United are set to see a striker they turned down for £10 million a couple of years back go for anything around £60 million in January.

Ivan Toney will return from his ban after pleasding guilty to having been involved in betting irregularities and is set to leave Brentford with many clubs interested.

Spurs are particularly keen having lost Harry Keane and Arsenal noss Mikel Arteta is believed to be ready to move in.

Sadly West Ham will not be involved after he was turned down for £10 million before joining Brentford from Peterborough United where he had been retularly watched by various Hammers staff members.

Barry Fry, director of football at The Posh, revealed to Claret and Hugh at the time that the Hammers had snubbed the chance to buy the player at a bargain £10 million.

ITK Fabrizio Romano in his Daily Briefing makes it clear  that this is the big transfer to look for in the winter window with most of the top clubs knowing he wants out of south west london.

And he names the two north London outfits and Chelsea as possible bidders once the window reopens.

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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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