New players are going to be hard to find Avram
West Ham had an opening bid for Yakubu turned down on Wednesday and on Thursday morning made an offer for Frederic Piquionne.(which has been turned down)
Avram Grant is due to be unveiled as manager next week, and has been going through a list of potential transfer targets. Grant has earmarked some of the players he knows well, and they include his former player at Pompey, striker Piquionne and Yakubu, who once played in Israel.
Yakubu was first named by Soccernet as a Hammers transfer target when David Sullivan and David Gold took over the club back in January.
Piquionne’s loan spell with Pompey is now over and the 31-year-old wants to remain in the Premier League after a successful debut season in England, though West Ham have yet to meet Lyon’s £3 million asking price.
Piquionne scored 11 goals for Portsmouth last season, and is also being chased by Fulham and Blackburn. Fulham have contacted the Ligue 1 giants to negotiate a deal as Roy Hodgson aims to strengthen his attack.
Grant’s hopes of making Yakubu his first signing have suffered a setback as Everton are demanding double the Hammers’ initial offer. West Ham have had a £5 million bid turned down by Everton as manager David Moyes wants the funds from the sale to finance his move for Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy. Moyes wants closer to the £11.25 million he paid Middlesbrough for Yakubu.