Allardyce rejects transfer talk

A host of players have been linked with moves in and out of Upton

Park following the Hammers’ relegation from the Premier League.

Scott Parker, Demba Ba and Robert Green are all believed to be

attracting interest, but Allardyce insists there have been no bids

for any of his players. “There has been a lot of speculation about

players coming in or leaving the club, but I’m not aware of any

bids,” Allardyce told the East London Advertiser. “It’s quiet this

time of the year because everybody, like myself, is on holiday and

things start up again in July. At the moment transfer activity is

at a minimum.” Blackburn forward Diouf has been strongly linked

with a move to East London after admitting he would love to be

reunited with Allardyce, while Cole has also been mentioned as a

possible target after a disappointing debut season at Liverpool.

West Ham have also been credited with an interest in Newcastle

midfielder Alan Smith and Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis, but

Allardyce has denied any enquiries have been made for the quartet.

“No, no and no and I don’t think we could afford Joe Cole,”

Allardyce added. “Of course one would love Joe Cole because he is

an outstanding player, but he would be too expensive.”