West Ham on alert as ex-Liverpool winger moves to Galatasaray

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Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill may have exited the club this summer, but with just three days until the end of the Turkish transfer window, Galatasaray are making moves.

Having already signed seven players this summer, including former Bolton striker Johan Elmander and Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo, Galatasary have added to their attacking options by signing Albert Riera.

The former Liverpool player had spent last season at Olympiacos making 24 appearances and scoring six goals, and his impressive performances have brought him to the attention of Galatasaray.

The Turkish side have paid €3m for the services of the Spanish winger, €2m less than they’ve offered for the services of West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.

As we reported yesterday, the transfer window has not yet shut for the Hammers and if Sam Allardyce wants to keep him, as I suspect he does, he will have to fend off the Turkish club until 10pm on Monday night.

Cole already has a third of West Ham’s nine league goals this season and despite signing John Carew and Kevin Nolan in the British transfer window, Cole is a big asset to West Ham.

The €5m offer will tempt the West Ham board, especially considering the Hammers have five other first team strikers on their books, and this could be Allardyce’s first battle with the board.

West Ham’s decent start to life in the Championship means they have been cut into 2/1 favouritism for the Championship title and Allardyce, having thought the transfer window had closed, would not want this disruption.

It could be a tumultuous couple of days for Allardyce while the club are on an international break.

Portsmouth are up next for West Ham at Upton Park next Saturday, and we’ll know by then whether or not Carlton Cole is plying his trade in England or Turkey.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.