West Ham United could trigger the £1m release clause of Yakubu Aiyegbeni from Blackburn Rovers. The Sun reports he will make a return to the Premiership to the newly promoted side.
Sam Allardyce, sacked by Blackburn Rovers in 2011, might see this as getting ‘one over’ on his successor Steve Kean as he looks to build a squad ready for the coming season. This will be ‘Big Sam’s’ second signing from a relegated side after signing goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from Bolton Wanderers on a free Transfer.
At the age of 29, Yakubu, a Nigerian striker, could see this as his last transfer in football. He has previously played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Leicester City scoring a total of 114 goals.
Nicolas Anelka looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League. The Daily Mail reported today that London rivals West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are battling for the striker’s signature. The Frenchman only signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January from Chelsea but has not experienced the most joyful of times since leaving Stamford Bridge.
The paper suggests that much of the potential transfer depends on what, if any, transfer fee the Chinese Super League side ask for, but suggestions that Anelka could be available for free will be sure to alert the more financially astute managers. In recent weeks there has been much speculation that the 33-year-old would attract former strike partner Didier Drogba to Shanghai, as of yet that deal has failed to materialize.
Winning the play-offs was just the beginning for Sam Allardyce as he now turns his attention to making West Ham a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League. According to the Daily Mirror the former Bolton and Newcastle manager intends to do just that by bringing in highly rated Real Madrid attacker Joselu, with a bid in the region of £7 million.
Although born in Germany, Joselu has featured for Spain’s U19, U20 and U21 squads, making 16 appearances and scoring in 4 of them. He has featured twice for the Real Madrid senior team, netting on both occasions, but has spent most of his career playing for Real Madrid Castilla, getting an impressive 38 goals in 71 games for the Liga Adelante side.
West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce begins his preparations for the Premier League and is hoping to bring in a familiar face this summer.
Jaaskelainen lost his starting place to Adam Bogdan this year and has since struggled to play regularly for Bolton Wanderers, though it looks as if Big Sam could over him a lifeline after West Ham appear to have failed to negotiate a new contract with Robert Green.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are frontrunners to sign the Finish free agent after West Bromwich Albion’s attempts to sign the 37-year-old stalled due to the manager situation at the club.