Hammers to move for experienced trio.
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West Ham have confirmed they have had a £3 million bid rejected for Norwich striker Grant Holt and are also interested in mercenary Nicolas Anelka and Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, reports ESPN.
Holt publicly stated his desire to leave Carrow Road last week over ‘disagreements’ with the club. The 31-year-old is reportedly hurt by Norwich’s refusal to offer him a new three-year deal because he is too old.
A West Ham source said a bid of £3 million for Holt had been lodged and rejected, but the Hammers are expected to come back with an improved offer this week.
West Ham manager ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce is keen to boost his strikeforce ahead of the new season and has also made enquiries about bringing former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Anelka back to the UK.
Anelka is currently with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua but, despite a huge wage packet, has become disillusioned with life as a player coach in China.
Allardyce believes he can convince Anelka – who he signed for Bolton in 2004 – to return to the Premier League but may face competition from Tottenham Hotspur and QPR.
West Ham have already agreed to sign one former Bolton player, Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Fin is a free agent after leaving the Reebok Stadium last month and is expected to be re-united with Allardyce as a replacement for current number one Robert Green, who refused to extend his contract at Upton Park.