Claret and Hugh have claimed that West ham will still press on with their interest in Bournemouth striker Josh King even if David Moyes is unable to raise funds by moving on some of the deadwood.
The Hammers have been chasing King since the summer (Sky Sports).
And Claret and Hugh suggested at the start of this month that West Ham are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old’s services for around £10 million in January.
With Sebastien Haller failing to fire and Michail Antonio out injured, the Hammers are looking worryingly threadbare in the centre-forward department.
The problem for West Ham is that David Moyes has limited funds to spend.
Claret and Hugh claim that Ryan Fredericks, Manu Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko are all being pimped out to the highest bidder. As things stand though, we have received no enquiries for any of those players.
Potential King deal very much alive
Somewhat encouragingly, however, the West Ham insiders claim that that will not stand in the way of West Ham bringing Josh King to the London Stadium.
It is claimed that we are eyeing some kind of deal whereby we would pay Bournemouth in instalments. The 51-capped Norway international is out of contract with the Cherries in the summer.
So the Hammers should be able to pick King up for a bargain fee next month. And the 28-year-old would be an excellent addition for West Ham.
Quite how much we will have to pay in order to prise him away from Bournemouth, however, remains to be seen.