West Ham United could make an improved bid for transfer target Connor Wickham, according to the Brentwood Gazette.
The Hammers have already offered £5 million for the striker, but that was politely declined by Wickham’s current club, Sunderland, as they believe he's worth more.
Wickham has only one year left on his current contract at the Wearside club and has been offered a new deal, but Sunderland are willing to cash in if the 21-year-old shows a lack of interest in staying.
The new bid could be in excess of £8 million which will include various add-ons and goal scoring bonuses.
There’s no doubt that West Ham need to improve on last season’s goal scoring record. 40 goals in 38 Premier League fixtures was the worst tally outside the bottom three and Sam Allardyce had mainly his defenders to thank for his team staying up.
Whether Wickham could remedy the situation remains open to interpretation, but with Big Sam’s interest in Stoke’s Peter Crouch also obvious he could have a scary looking front three at his disposal when throwing Andy Carroll into the mix as well.
Fans still booed
Despite a relatively good season last term, comfortably avoiding relegation even with a long term injury to focal point of the side Andy Carroll, West Ham fans still booed even when they saw their team win.
With his hands aloft and wearing a puzzled expression, Allardyce looked a muddled figure at the treatment he received with the style of football he had his team adopting.
He is still here though, emphasising his strong character, and with his public interest in tall, strong forwards it looks like he is starting from where he left off. How the fans will react to that remains to be seen.