Mystery Spanish club move in on Irons target

Cheikhou KouyateAnderlecht have today informed West Ham  that a mystery Spanish club has joined the chase for Cheikhou Kouyate.

And ClaretandHugh has learned that whilst Valencia has increased its offer to £9 million, their recent financial difficulties may not see them able to offer bank guarantees for the reported £9 million bid.

West Ham, meanwhile, now need to decide whether they intend to up their own £7.5 million offer for the player.

ClaretandHugh believes that either Seville or Atletico Madrid is the other club. Seville have held a long term interest and Atleico have been monitoring the situation for some weeks.

And our top source – who has kept us ahead of the pack on the story – believes the interest from “the new bidder” is  very real after we suggested the Belgian club may be “playing games.”

He said: “No we know when that sort of stuff is going down but on this occasion club names have been mentioned. We are convinced the interest is real!

“It would be wrong to reveal names because West Ham don’t want to show its hand to the other clubs.

“Valencia’s interest is well known but whether they can deliver financially is there business not ours. We know however that another top club is in for him but we are fighting on.

“We know the boy remains keen to join West Ham but he will need to be very strong as the situation develops.”


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7 comments on “Mystery Spanish club move in on Irons target

  1. Has our offer been accepted, if not why is this even being discussed let alone terms being agreed and medicals etc

  2. Hi guys. My first post so go easy on please.

    As I’m sitting here wondering how in hell am I still watching those pub teams Nigeria and Iran, I wondered somewhat deeper as to how many negotiators we have at West Ham?

    I’m usually a silent reader but the rumours and counter claims I read about the players we are bidding for or in talks with have forced me to consider just reviewing the WHUFC website alone.

    Other sites have annced that potentially we could pull in the likes of Lescott, Barry and Richards but equally we could and up with people like McCormack and Odubajo. Now there’s Kouyate, Armero (who we already had!), Fofana, Montero and Cavanda!

    Give me a break. With all this apparent activity, we may as well get Diamanti back too!

    We have a bigger rumour squad than we actually have at the Boleyn right now. I he we get at least four more players that”improve” the team and rid ourselves of the dead wood we so severely have; I won’t name names today.

    Anyway rant over guys


    • Right, the only name we have confirmed is Kayoute and that is fact – ongoing. If you read the Armero story you will see it’s a comment on Sam’s management not a rumour he’s coming back. The rest? We’ve never mentioned them

      • Not a go at what you’re saying in here I hasten to add; it’s the constant barrage that I read from around the media world. Lots of fiction, little substance and many bereft of facts sadly.

        Every season I scour NewsNow etc for word of our sleeping giant of a club about to re-awaken and bring us back glory. I know that £20m to play with surely cannot make a dent into the top six but I sincerely hope that we are sensible with it; buying players that are comfortable with the ball and are forward thinking.

  3. Valencia have recently been taken over by Peter Lim, a Singaporean billionaire who is a serious and respected businessman. If Valencia have made a bid it would be reasonable to assume that he has approved it and therefore bank guarantees would be no issue.

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