West Ham boss denies Cardiff bid for striker

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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has rubbished claims that Ricardo Vaz Te has been the subject of a bid from Cardiff City, amid speculation over the striker's future.

Despite being heavily linked with a transfer away from the Hammers, Allardyce has moved quickly to quash claims of any progress in the deal.

"There's no official bid from Cardiff for Ricardo Vaz Te. It always happens at this time of year - it's just agents getting busy," he said.

The Portuguese star joined West Ham from Barnsley in 2012 and scored the winning goal in their subsequent play-off final victory, but has found first-team opportunities limited since promotion to the Premier League.

West Ham have previously been linked with players such as Fabio Quagliarella, with outgoing transfers required to facilitate the move, but when asked about potential arrivals Allardyce was dismissive.

He continued by saying: "Not unless the chairman has found some money he hasn't told me about.

"I've got no more money left, so the squad I've got is the squad I've got."

The club are currently unable to make any more new signings under Financial Fair Play rules forbidding clubs exceeding their salary cap, with offenders at risk of a points deduction.

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