‘3 out of 15 is a good bit of business’
David Gold has revealed West Ham have targeted 15 different players for Avram Grant in the January transfer window.
And the bullish Upton Park co-owner insisted the bookies will have to redraw their relegation odds if his side beat relegation rivals Wolves on Saturday.
The home draw with Everton means the Hammers have taken five points from three matches over Christmas.
West Ham can climb out of the bottom three for the first time this season with a win at the weekend.
And co-chairman Gold said he hoped at least three players will be brought into the squad next month.
“We’ve got 15 irons in the fire, and I mean that literally,” said the former Birmingham owner. “We’re just concentrating on incomings, and if you get three you’ve done good.
“The Steve Sidwell deal is not done yet. We’re waiting for a number of issues to be resolved. There’s a lot of secret stuff going on. We’re trying to outwit our competitors.
“We know we’re after a player who is the same type of player one of our competitors is looking for, and we want to keep that as quiet as we can and complete the deal.”
Villa midfielder Sidwell has passed a medical and should join on loan while the club want to borrow Wayne Bridge from Manchester City to fill the left-back slot. And West Ham are scouring Europe for a centre-forward.
But Gold insisted Frederic Piquionne, who expressed his interest in joining Aston Villa, would not be leaving.
“He’s not for sale,” he stated. “This club is fighting for it’s life. It’s got to change what it’s been doing. For 30 years it’s been selling it’s best players. That’s got to stop.”
And Gold insisted the turnover of managers at Upton Park had also stopped no matter the result against Wolves.
“I am pleased with what we’ve done over Christmas,” he continued. “A great three points at Fulham. That was the first time as principles of the football club we’ve won away. Against Everton, our players were falling like flies because they had given their all, they had given everything.
“It really is tough to play two games on the trot like that. It is a great point. We’d have loved to win, we were ahead. But nevertheless we played 48 hours ago, they didn’t. Everton are not our competitors. We know who are our competitors. Wolves. Fulham. Birmingham.
I would say the bookies will have to redo their sums if we beat Wolves. If we win against Wolves you’ve got to say that’s not the performance of a relegation side.
“To get two wins and two draws. It’s got to be done. We have to beat Wolves, and it will be a big six-pointer.
“If we don’t beat Wolves, then we start all over again. I don’t mean with a new manager. I mean you brush yourself down and you come again.”
Grant said: “The confidence is growing in the players, although the were like this before. I said many times they saw the difference between losing and taking points was only small because we dominated so many games. We had a good win two days ago and with a bit more freshness we could have taken the points again. We will do our best against Wolves.”
Scott Parker said: “We have confidence definitely and it has been there all year although there are times when it gets a bit edgy and it is bound to when you are bottom of the league. You aren’t going to be flowing all the time but every one of us is confident that we can get ourselves out of this.”