One of the many grievances West Ham United fans have against owners David Sullivan and David Gold is their conduct in the transfer market.

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Sullivan and Gold are famed among West Ham fans for seeming to bid well below a player’s valuation.

Of course it is frugal to start negotiations from a realistic base.

But West Ham fans are often left red-faced by their club’s actions in the transfer market.

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Whether it was the constant and very public haggling with Burnley over a price for James Tarkowski.

Trying to get new Premier League star Wesley Fofana on the cheap before his big money move to Leicester.

Or the back and forth with Brentford which almost saw the Said Benrahma deal collpase.

And those are just three of the more recent examples of West Ham’s transfer dealings that irk fans. Need we mention the William Carvalho saga?

Well it appears West Ham owners Sullivan and Gold may be up to their old tricks.

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Hammers to submit £8.9m offer for £15-20m rated star

That’s after a report from French outlet Telefoot Chaine – as also reported by Get French Football News – claimed West Ham are about to submit a bid of just £8.9million for £15-20m rated striker target Boulaye Dia.

The report claims Dia’s club Stade Reims will not accept anything less than £13.5m.

“Dia has 12 goals in 17 matches so far this season and has a gentlemen’s agreement to leave should he want to,” Telefoot Chaine and GFFN report.

“However, SDR (Reims) want at least €15m in order to sell.”


The Evening Standard first revealed West Ham had opened talks over Dia yesterday.

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Fans will hope seemingly derisory offer doesn’t put Dia’s club off but owners deserve credit if they land bargain

And West Ham insider ExWHUemployee backed that story up this morning claiming he was Moyes’s prefered choice.

West Ham have just one striker in the shape of injury-prone Michail Antonio.

And the forward is still not fully fit either.

West Ham have been linked with a host of strikers since selling Sebastien Haller for £20million last week.

Hammers fans will be hoping what seems – if accurate – to be a somewhat derisory bid for Dia does not put his club off doing a deal with them.

Perhaps Sullivan and Gold are trying to sign two strikers with the Haller money?

After all West Ham were actively trying to sign a striker in the summer, long BEFORE selling Haller.

On the other hand if West Ham manage to get a highly-rated player like Dia through the door for a bargain fee then the owners must be congratulated.

It will be interesting to see how this one develops.

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