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West Ham in record-breaking £18m bid: Will he go?

This source suggests that the Hammers may well accept a bid for their star striker, as long as Aston Villa put in an offer they can’t possibly refuse!

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Aston Villa have been told they must increase their offer to £18million to buy Dean Ashton in January from West Ham.
Villa boss Martin O’Neill had two bids for England striker Ashton, 24, rejected last month as Alan Curbishley was desperate to keep his prized-asset.
But cash-strapped West Ham have since told Villa they would be prepared to do business. And as Curbishley has now quit, the Upton Park hierarchy may cash in on Ashton despite the forward penning a new five-year deal in June.
O’Neill is expected to be given fresh funds by owner Randy Lerner in the new year – in the hope of sneaking a top-four finish. (Sunday Mirror)

This is bad news for Hammers fans. Dean Ashton is head and shoulders above the other strikers at the club, and the England international is the kind of player that can take the east London club from a relegation battle to a shot at a UEFA Cup spot. The club really must turn down any bid for the former Norwich forward, otherwise I really do think they could struggle this season.

If the club can get themselves a good manager to replace the outgoing Curbs, then they could well progress this season. However, if the club is in severe financial dire straits, then selling Ashton may solve the problems in the short-term, but to lose such a prized asset could well end up costing more in the long-term.

Are West Ham fans worried that Ashton could leave in January? Do Aston Villa fans think they need another striker?

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