Scorers of the fourth-least goals in the Premier League and occupiers of fourth-bottom spot, West Ham are breaking out the big bucks in January in an attempt to cease their relegation slide.
The Hammers’ odds to fall out of the top flight this season currently stand at 13/5, having recorded just one win from their last eight top-tier outings.
With eight clean sheets to their name, though, it’s obvious that the cause of their trouble lies in attack.
Andy Carroll’s protracted foot injury has been a major contributor to their bleak situation and, with the January transfer window about to be prised open, Sam Allardyce is plotting a big money move to inject some goals into his beleaguered attack.
Former Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan is the man he regards as the solution to the problem and is allegedly prepared to stump up £100,000-a-week to secure the Ghanaian’s services until the end of the current season.
Currently plying his trade in the UAE, Gyan caused controversy when he deserted the Wearsiders and the English top flight in favour of a massive contract offered by Al Ain.
A temporary deal involving astronomical amounts of cash should prevent his questionable attitude becoming a factor and the talent he possesses may prove key in the Irons’ fight for survival.
His rather meagre haul of 10 Premier League goals in 34 appearances hasn’t put Allardyce off offering such a substantial pay packet, perhaps on account of the 70 goals he netted in 61 appearances in the UAE.
While the standard of football is obviously light years apart, Gyan proved what an asset he can be during the 2010 World Cup, where he carried Ghana into the quarter finals with three goals in five outings.
With Carroll also expected to be back in action in the near future, Gyan’s acquisition could prove timely to propel the east London side away from the drop zone into the safety of mid table that their a side such defensive prowess deserves to be.
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