Premier League return?

West Ham bid for Henry

May 22, 2010
By Soccernet staff

West Ham have made an audacious bid to sign Thierry Henry in a move which would see the Frenchman become the highest-paid player in their history.

Thierry Henry
APThierry Henry was a member of the 2003-04 Invincibles side at Arsenal

Henry has been heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona with reports indicating Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls would be his most likely destination.

However, West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan has revealed he wants to sign theformer Arsenal striker and it is reported he is willing to offer him a two-year deal worth around £75,000 a week, more than £7.5 million in total.

"We're trying to assemble a more prolific strike force at West Ham and I'd love to have Henry here," Sullivan told The Sun. "Our club is in debt but a striker of his quality and standing would make it a great deal.

"Henry is still up there with the best."I've made an offer which would make him the highest-paid player in the club's history."And it's a serious offer because Henry could walk into almost any Premier League side.''

West Ham are still on the hunt for a new manager and it's likely that the first job of any new boss will be to re-assemble a squad, starting with the club's plethora of strikers.

While Carlton Cole was the Hammers' most consistent striker, he still only netted ten Premier League goals, with only three of them scored in 2010. Alessandro Diamanti netted seven, though he is the club's designated penlaty taker, and youngster Zavon Hines has shown glimpses of his potential.

But Guillermo Franco, Mido, Benni McCarthy and Ilan have flattered to deceive, with McCarthy and Mido - both players with proven premier League goalscoring records - failing to score a single goal since arriving in the January transfer window.