An ITK journalist has reacted to claims West Ham United have secretly signed top striker Sasa Kalajdzic on the quiet.
There was surprise and excitement yesterday when a respected Sport BILD journalist Marcel Reif claimed live on air that giant Austrian international striker Kalajdzic is joining West Ham United from Stuttgart imminently.
Reif claimed ‘clear agreements’ were in place between the Hammers, Stuttgart and the 24-year-old coveted striker.
West Ham fans thought the club had completed an unprecedentedly stealthy bit of business.
The 6ft 7in tall forward is said to be wanted by a host of top European clubs.
David Moyes tried and failed to bring the Stuttgart ace to West Ham last summer (The Daily Mail).
Reif‘s claim came as something of a surprise given all the talk around West Ham being focused on signing Armando Broja as Moyes’ prime striker target.
Now an ITK journalist has reacted to claims West Ham have secretly signed top striker Kalajdzic.
And it’s not good news for Hammers fans unfortunately.
ITK journalist reacts to claims West Ham have secretly signed top striker Sasa Kalajdzic
The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg has strong links at West Ham so his word carries some weight.
In this case he says the claims from the Sport BILD journalist are ‘wide of the mark’.
“Reports in Germany that West Ham are about to sign Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic are wide of the mark,” Steinberg said yesterday.
It comes after more bad news for West Ham on the striker front last night.
There was a major blow for the Hammers regarding their interest in Chelsea striker Broja.
Jason Burt, a Telegraph journalist with strong connections at both West Ham and Chelsea, delivered an update on the Broja situation.
And he took to Twitter to deliver Moyes a Hammer blow – claiming Chelsea are rejecting any approaches for the Albanian striker and are in no rush to sell him.
“Chelsea are rejecting approaches for striker Armando Broja as they assess their squad and what to do during this transfer window,” Burt said on Twitter.
“They are in no rush to sell.”
West Ham may have to continue to be patient it seems as their search for a replacement for Sebastien Haller enters a third full transfer window.