West Ham United co-owner David Gold has admitted the club are short of a striker, but echoes David Sullivan in saying we must sell before we can buy due to imposed wage caps.
Andy Carroll is currently struggling with a heel injury, which leaves Mali international Modibo Maiga as the clubs only fit striker at the moment.
Gold, speaking to SkySports News, confirmed that players need to be jogged on before we can add to our squad:
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.
In my opinion West Ham still need two quality players to come in, a striker and another central defender.
Even though Diarra can play in central defence if needed we only really have Tomkins as backup for Collins and Reid, so should one of those get injured and Tonks still looks shaky, we could suffer defensively.
With Maiga as our only fit striker its obvious that we need to bring in a quality striker to give Big Sam more options up front.
Who should we let go?
I think this is always going to be a bone of contention among West Ham fans but I think it could be time to let the following three guys go:
- Matt Taylor
- Ricardo Vaz Te
- Jack Collison
When we signed Taylor I was really pleased as he always looked to have a really sweet foot when he played for Portsmouth and Bolton, I remember some quality goals being scored by the left-sided player as well as pin point crossing and set-pieces.
However, I have not seen that player since he signed for us and I would have let Taylor go before O’Neil, and that’s saying something as I was never a big O’Neil fan!
West Ham are now pretty well covered at left-back and the left-wing where Taylor plays so I don’t think we need him anymore.
With interest apparently mounting from Nottingham Forrest for Ricardo Vaz Te, I think it’s time we say thanks for the memories and the play-off final goal and good luck for the future Ricky!
I really thought Vaz Te was going to kick on from his excellent season in the Championship last year, but he never really showed to me that he could step up and be a quality Premier League player.
Vaz Te was often deployed out on the wing so maybe this accounts for some of his performances, but if I had the choice of someone like Vaz Te as a striker or bringing back someone like Demba Ba, there would be no contest and it would be Ba every time for me.
For the same reasoning as Taylor, I think West Ham are more than covered in the wide positions now and I would prefer a better striker up front than Vaz Te.
I have always liked Jack Collison, when he burst on the scene with his bundles of energy and box to box style of play, I thought he would be a fixture in the first team for a long time to come.
It’s not really worked out for Collison though, what with a few nasty injuries that have kept him out for extended periods of time, central midfield is now a position where West Ham are very strong, with Noble, Nolan, Diame, Diarra and Morrison etc all fighting for three spots.
Collison is someone who I would like to move on purely because I think his chances of playing at West Ham are slim and I would like to see him get regular football elsewhere.
So what about you guys? Knowing we need to sell to buy, who would you let go?