Hammers not keen on sulky Bulgarian.
Having started just five Premier League games last season, the 31-year-old remains mysteriously on the outskirts at Old Trafford.
Following the signing of Robin van Persie, Berbatov’s chances of regular game-time have taken a further knock, the former last term’s Golden Boot winner with Arsenal while the latter managed just seven league strikes.
Allardyce, who failed in his attempts to lure Liverpool ace Andy Carroll to Upton Park during the off-season, is a firm admirer of Berbatov.
But the former Bolton and Blackburn boss has admitted the Hammers don’t have the funds to support the Bulgaria international’s wage demands.
“I don’t think we have got the finance for Dimitar Berbatov,” Allardyce said.
“The financial package for the player’s salary is one I think would be beyond us.”
You have to feel slightly sorry for Dimitar Berbatov.
The campaign before last, the Bulgarian won the Premier League Golden Boot as Manchester United claimed the title. Fast forward a season and Berbatov is fifth-choice forward at Old Trafford and has made just five league starts in over a year.
The Bulgarian has said it would be better for all parties if he left the club but uncharacteristically he has shown little sign of sulking or digging his heels in to secure a move.
There are plenty of Premier League clubs in need of a striker – not least Berbatov’s former employers Tottenham – and would benefit from signing the 31-year-old, who remains a majestic player on his day.
But for whatever reason, no move has materialised this summer and his suitors are dwindling by the minute. And after last weekend, the former Bayer Leverkusen man may find himself forced to remain in Manchester until at least January, to cover for injured striker Wayne Rooney who faces a month on the sidelines.
Berbatov is not at his best at emerging from the bench and such a role would not suit him.
With new signings Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie impressing and Javier Hernandez still to get back to his best, there should be no need for United to hold onto Berbatov and we hope Sir Alex Ferguson grants him a move before Friday’s deadline. PSG remain interested.
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