Transfer news

Hammers planning January swoops

January 3, 2012
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

West Ham are hoping to make "two or three" signings during the January transfer according to co-owner David Sullivan, who also stressed the Hammers are not interested in selling any of their big names.

Jordan Rhodes
PA PhotosHuddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes is thought to be high on the Hammers' wanted list

Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes is believed to be top of West Ham's wanted list, which includes the names of 25 players on manager Sam Allardyce's radar.

The Terriers are currently resisting the overtures for their star forward, but the Hammers are weighing up alternative options, too, and Sullivan expects new faces at Upton Park before the end of January.

"Despite the problems we expect to sign two or three new players in January, even though it's not easy to acquire key players clubs don't want to lose," Sullivan told ESPNsoccernet.

One player who won't be moving to East London is Tottenham outcast Vedran Corluka. The Croatian right-back has been pushed down the pecking order at Spurs by Kyle Walker but ESPNsoccernet can confirm the Hammers have not and will not make a move for him.

On Monday, Allardyce revealed the positions he is hoping to fill, saying: "Ideally we will get a forward, a defender and a wide player because we have no natural width in the team. We tried to get Andros Townsend [from Tottenham] but couldn't."

Meanwhile, West Ham are fighting hard to hang onto some of their own stars. Fulham have been linked with a £4 million move for Mark Noble with Martin Jol anxious to find a long-term successor for veteran midfielder Danny Murphy, while Newcastle want England Under-21 defender James Tomkins.

But the Hammers don't want to sell unless it is an offer the club simply cannot refuse, and have already rejected all bids for their players.