Gold: Sales to free up funds

West Ham United co-owner David Gold admits the club are short of a striker, but says they must sell before recruiting.

Last Updated: 19/08/13 at 09:42 Post Comment

David Gold: Admits West Ham are in need of another goalscorer

David Gold: Admits West Ham are in need of another goalscorer

The Hammers have landed Andy Carroll on a permanent deal this summer, but the England international is currently sidelined with a heel problem.

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.

Sam Allardyce would welcome the opportunity to bolster his ranks before the transfer window slams shut, but he has reached his limit in terms of player salaries.

That means he must free up his own funds, with Gold revealing that players must be moved on before any more can be brought in.

He told Sky Sports News: "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."

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ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

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thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

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ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

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