Sullivan rules out Hogan


david-sullivan_1822192c (1)David Sullivan has virtually ruled out a move for Scott Hogan – just as we told you.

Although he refused to name names because of “tapping up ” considerations when asked specifically about Scott Hogan he made it clear it was really not likely.

We have regularly reported that the deal is cooling and Sullivan has now confirmed that to be the case.

Speaking on Talksport within the last few minutes he said: “I can’t name names but myself, the manager and my recruitment manager,  have to agree in a perfect world and we don’t break that rule.

“There’s no point in bringing in a player the manager hasn’t agreed to. If the manager doesn’t feel he can add to the team then we accept that. We have to support the manager.”

Sullivan indicated  the Irons spending had been done for January saying: “We have spent £16 million of the £25 million we have received very happy with the players we have bought.

“January is not a good time to buy players. You don’t see the big clubs buying . It’s only those who are struggling and there is panic buying.”

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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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  • noaksey1 says:

    Made a profit again DS.Still waiting to see that £25-30m striker promised in the summer or was that Zaza?

  • Hammer and Pickle says:

    So who should we buy noaksey.The likes of Lacazette,Batshuayi et all turned us down or want to move to CL teams.What do you suggest,we pay 30 million for someone like Hogan just so they can say here you go noaksy heres your 30 million striker.
    You cant buy what aint there to buy.

  • lokfaen says:

    Completely agree Pickle. We tried for more than £30 mill for Lacazette back in the summer (34 I think?), so even went above the limit set forth unsuccessfully. Cannot say they did not try to keep their promise – the problem with the situation (wow, this is getting old, sorry) is that there was a promise made in the first place…

  • StanThe Man says:

    “We know that we need a top striker which is the hardest thing to sign. We need a 20-goal-a-season striker and that will cost us £25m or £30million. That is where the bulk of the money goes.”
    It was hardly a promise was it.Fans have themselves adopted the word promise.I think he should have kept his trap shut but a promise it was not.

  • PopRobson says:

    I’ve written this season off, big Andy, Ayew, Diafra and Mic should be enough to keep us of of trouble and review the whole thing in the summer. Safe to say a certain Frenchman derailed plans for this season big time.

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