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West Ham Make Cheeky Attempt to Sign Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres

by The Newshound


Upton Park club try to bring in Stamford Bridge man in on loan.

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We tried to sign Torres, admits West Ham chief Sullivan

West Ham made an ambitious attempt to sign Fernando Torres during the January transfer window.
The Championship promotion hopefuls proposed to take Chelsea’s £50million struggling striker, hoping a month with them would rekindle his scoring touch.

Responding to political journalist Iain Dale on his blog West Ham Till I Die, Hammers co-owner David Sullivan said: ‘We tried to get Torres from Chelsea.
‘If he couldn’t score in the Premier League, he could come along with us for a month. We might fire him up!’
Sullivan said Chelsea’s response was blunt but did not close the door completely. ‘They just said, “Not at this moment in time”.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail

This is indeed fairly cheeky. West Ham may be riding high in the Championship and looking good for an immediate return to the top flight but clearly any attempt to bring in £50m striker Fernando Torres on loan in January was doomed to failure and may well have just been an attempt by the East London side to poke fun at the Blues as they experience a rather average season this term.

Torres has now gone five months without a Premier League goal and was struggling to find the net before this very very dry spell and no doubt if in the Championship the former Liverpool man may well have got a few goals under his belt it would clearly not have remedied the situation he finds himself in.

Now that Didier Drogba has returned from the African Cup of Nations and with Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge perhaps the only two bright sparks of this campaign, the 27 year old may find first team football hard to come by as Andre Villas-Boas will at some stage say enough is enough and look to use other, more effective, attacking options.

Even if you take the British transfer record fee paid for the Spaniard out of the equation, his form is so poor that Chelsea must have to consider there long term options as clearly his value will speedily decrease if he doesn’t pull out of this nosedive, a nosedive that could well cost him a spot in Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish national team starting eleven for the Euro 2012 finals.

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