Messrs David Gold and Sullivan better be prepared for gigantic phone bills and a huge trail of legal paper-work as wheeler dealer Sam Allardyce comes into his own on transfer deadline day and bursts into action like a starving puma ready to pounce on some unsuspecting soul.
His targets for the day are headlined with Manchester United contract rebel Ravel Morrison after the clubs agreed a fee, rising up to £1 million, with Ravel, not knowing whether he is toffee or orange crème flavoured, still deliberating on a new offer from Manchester United.
This will be a huge coup for West Ham who would beat Bolton, Roma and Newcastle to the signature of the teenager who has suffered more disciplinary problems than Dennis the Menace at Old Trafford and whilst his promising talent is unquestioned, he remains desperate for first team football after only making three senior appearances at Old Trafford.
Those hearty fellows at Manchester United have been kind enough to grant West Ham the chance to talk with the 18 year old attacker rather than risk his tribunal based fee upon contract expiration in the summer. Reports that West Ham will offer Morrison the £30,000 a week he was demanding in Manchester however, a wide of the mark.
Second on the list is Barnsley’s Ricardo Vaz Te is also looking to be on his way to Upton Park after the two clubs agreed a fee with the striker’s contract due to expire in the summer, now where have we heard that kind of thing before?
Big Sam will know what he is getting with the Portuguese Vaz Te after working with him in his Bolton days and he has lit up the Championship so far this season with 10 goals. Barnsley have seen the sense in cashing in on him now and the deal, believed to be in the region of £1.5 million, has been agreed and Vaz Te is scheduled at Upton Park for a medical.
This striker splurge has come after Allardyce managed to capture Genoa’s Ze Eduardo and the 24 year old Brazilian jetted into London for his medical on Monday to give West Ham’s attacking line-up more power than an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. However, Allardyce could not quite manage a deal with Rangers for Nikica Jelavic after being priced out by Everton.