The Hammers supremo refused to be drawn any further but the smart money is on Cheikhou Kouyaté with the club currently involved in meaningful and ongoing talks.
In his interview on the club’s official website the co-chairman said: “Should we land this player, we would have had to beat off competition from some of Europe’s top sides, and for me that shows the direction we are taking as a club right now.”
He refused to go further telling ClaretandHugh later: ” We now have a policy of not naming players until they are signed as we don’t want supporters to feel let down if deals don’t work out. No deals are done until they are signed.”
A ClaretandHugh source claimed however that negotiations are heading in the right direction with Kouyate who has been linked with Valencia, Arsenal, CSKA and Galatasaray.
However, a report in one Spanish paper this evening is claiming that Valencia may be preparing to up their offer to nine million euros but that the player remains very keen indeed to join the Premier League.
Our source added: ” Nothing would be a surprise as the Hammers are close on quite a number of deals.”