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.”