With only 25 days to go before the transfer window opens, the papers are full of it today.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Arsenal are planning a January bid for West Ham and England striker Carlton Cole.
Arsene Wenger admitted earlier this week that signing a new frontman is his number one priority when the window opens with Robin Van Persie currently sidelined through injury.
West Ham’s financial trouble has been well documented in recent monthsbut despite this, Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has insisted he will not need to offload his most valuable players. Cole, 26, has been strongly linked with a move away from Upton Park in recent days, with Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez understood to be keen, however it now looks as though the Merseyside club will face competition from Arsenal.
The former Chelsea striker has spent over three years with West Ham scoring 28 goals in just over 100 appearances for the East London club. Despite what Zola has said, I firmly believe that if a bid of anywhere near the £18 million mark is made, West Ham will find it incredibly difficult to turn it down.
It’s an interesting one for West Ham, if they sell their star striker in January, they will receive a nice chunky cum of money, however they will also run the risk of relegation.