Well if we are to believe David Sullivan, West Ham can't buy a new striker because of the new Premier League financial relegations. He cites some cobblers about the threat of possible points deductions and a £52m cap on the wage bill with an allowance to only increase wages by a total of £4m...blah, blah, blah.
It all sounds very credible until you look at Tottenham and Chelsea, to cite but two. Tell me, how exactly will Chelsea comply with these supposed regulations if they sign Rooney and Will I Am? Let's put the granny shagger on £120,000 per week and his arrival alone will inflate the Chelsea wage bill by £6.24m. The Brazilian, meanwhile, will be on a minimum of £100k per week, adding another £5.2m. Then there is Mourinho's salary, and the other new arrivals. And what about all the new arrivals at Spurs ahead of the departure of Bale and even Parker. Are Chelsea and Spurs risking a points deduction?
The answer to that is, of course they're not, because the first test for compliance is not until February 2015 so no penalties can cut in until then, and points are not going to be retrospectively deducted are they? Is Sullivan seriously suggesting that, in the middle of a subsequent season, a club will be penalised with a points deduction for an offence committed the previous season? Cobblers!
And if this was a genuine issue, would we have purchased Downing given all the cover we already had for the flanks? We need a striker, that is obvious, and an extra midfielder was a luxury, not a necessity.
Something doesn't make sense here. I hope Sullivan is simply trying to drive down the price of a player we are trying to sign by pleading poverty. If not, he appears to be taking West Ham fans for mugs.