Southampton chairman Katharina Liebherr has just issued a statement through her local press that  no players are for sale this month.

And if that’s to be taken seriously it seems to bring to an end any hopes the Hammers may have had of signing Rickie Lambert.

We had been speculated as  having an interest in him given the situation which has developed at the club but it seems Ms Liebherr has moved quickly to squash that.

The departure of Nicola Cortese has raised alarms bells around St Mary’s that a mass exodus of players including the England striker is about to take place.

But the new chairman said: “The Club has no plans to sell any of the squad during the January transfer window.

“The manager and the team have my full support.”

Liebherr installed herself as non-executive chairman following Cortese’s resignation as executive chairman.

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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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  • Joanne says:

    If we were going to spend money on signing Lambert and it looks as though from this above we won’t be doing that, why not spend the money on someone like, Jordan Rhodes. All very well having loan signings but at the end of the season they are gone and we then have to rebuild for next season. I do like Lambert but with his age and that sort of money you would get a more long term investment from someone like Rhodes.

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