Wednesday, 19 August 2009
West Ham Fail In Bids For Torres & Rooney
West Ham Chief Executive Scott Duxbury today voiced his frustration at the continual failure to sign a striker following the rejection of bids for Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney. Duxbury, explaining why an offer from either Aston Villa or Manchester City for captain Matthew Upson might be accepted, said, "We are endeavouring to bring in a top class striker or two and these players do not come cheap. Obviously, if selling Matthew would facilitate the signing of a player like Rooney or Torres, it is something we would have to consider."
He continued: "We were in contact with Manchester United and Liverpool earlier today and were hopeful that a deal might be done. We considered the "Play now, pay later" deal we offered to be very competitive, especially with an agreement to pay 100% of any profit on a future sale, but for reasons I am unable to fathom at this stage, both clubs refused to entertain our offers."
"Our search goes on", Duxbury reassured fans. "Carlos Tevez is a possibility and we are looking at Ronaldo - not the fat Brazilian but the Real deal. We will probably make an offer before the window closes but whether or not it will be accepted is impossible to say at this stage. We will also follow up any bid made by Arsenal for a striker (and subsequently rejected) with a bid of our own, set at £2m below the Arsenal offer. We have high hopes that this strategy could yet prove successful."
He refuted suggestions that this was all a smoke screen to mask the fire sale that may be about to begin with the departure of Upson. "That is total rubbish," he said. "I can assure fans that Technical Director Nani and myself are working tirelessly to bring in players for the positions identified by the coach, Gianfranco Zola. Meanwhile, I can categorically reassure West Ham fans that Upson will not be sold... to Tottenham."
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:15