Upton Park owner makes statement that will surely spark mass bidding for players the club can ill afford to lose.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has warned that Scott Parker is the only player the club would not consider selling if the price is right during a summer shake-up at Upton Park.
Sullivan, along with his boardroom colleague David Gold, is quickly beginning preparations for a busy summer in the transfer market after the club effectively ensured their Barclays Premier League survival with Saturday’s 3-2 win over Wigan.
Parker scored the winner on that occasion, and Sullivan immediately ruled the midfielder out of a potential summer exodus.
Sullivan said: “Other than Scott Parker, there is not a player we wouldn’t sell if it was the right bid.
“Scott will not be sold and we will be buying more than we are selling. There will be no fire-selling and we will enhance the squad, not diminish it.
“We will have to shake up the pack because there is no point kidding ourselves otherwise we will be in the same position next year – the table doesn’t lie.” (Independent)
I can understand that importance David Sullivan places on Hammers midfielder Scott Parker. He is the type of determined customer who anyone would love to have in their set-up, but surely making a statement such as this the Upton Park side are going to attract needless attention to those other players the club must surely not want to offload.
Players like Robert Green, Valon Behrami, Carlton Cole, Mark Noble and Matthew Upson. Surely this quartet is pretty damned important to the club and now these comments will surely start a bidding war for these talented Englishmen. Clearly if West Ham want to make good money from such sales then this is a good way to achieve that aim but surely at the same time the club doesn’t want to lose the top notch players they have?
All five players that I have mentioned have been linked with high profile moves to clubs in the top six and now if the right bid came in all four may remember the words of co-owner Sullivan and it could give them the impetus to push for an Upton Park exit.
If these comments were made prior to Premier League safety being achieved then I could just about understand it, as perhaps such a statement would serve to inspire the under performing members of the squad to give it one more big push. However with relegation averted and players considering their futures such quotes will only serve to give these players a reason to seek a move away from Upton Park.