Club need a striker, but must sell first.
West Ham United co-owner David Gold has said that the club must sell before they can buy as they are still in need of another striker, Sky Sports reports.
The club have already brought in Andy Carroll from Liverpool on a permanent deal this summer, but he is currently sidelined with a heel injury, meaning Modibo Maiga is the only recognised senior forward on the books at Upton Park who is fully fit at present, and he started Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Premier League new boys Cardiff City.
Club manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would be interested in bringing another striker into the club, but knows he has reached the roof of what the wage bill will allow him to bring on board.
That means that he must now free up his own wages and Gold has confirmed that the manager must sell before he can buy.
“We have reached our target laid down by the new rules in terms of wages.
“The only possibility now is if players are sold. That’s up to Sam, that’s in his hands. If he releases wages, that will give us the opportunity to bring in replacements for those players.
“I think it’s clear that we are still short of a striker. David Sullivan agrees with that, Sam agrees with that, but until we release those wages by players leaving, there is little we can do.
“The next couple of weeks, we will see what happens.”