Arsenal price Bendtner at £15m
Published 19/01/2011 | 05:00
West Ham United want to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner -- but have baulked at the £15m asking price -- after dramatically ditching their plans to replace Avram Grant as manager.
Grant is now expected to remain in charge until the end of the season at least, following Martin O'Neill's decision not to succeed him at Upton Park. However, he will have to repair his strained relationship with vice-chairman Karren Brady after West Ham yesterday issued a denial that she had texted players to ask their opinion of the manager.
The club want to sign three players to bolster their squad and are hoping to quickly move on from the fiasco over Grant's future, and O'Neill's prevarication over taking the job which dragged on over the last two weeks.
Whether they have the financial muscle to do so remains to be seen.
The saga has not only damaged West Ham's reputation but also their chances of avoiding relegation. Having, however, finally made a decision over Grant, who was resigned to leaving before Saturday's game away to Everton, the club will hope they can move on quickly and save their season.
Last night co-chairman David Sullivan was defiant: "We are a decent club, Avram is a decent person and one who deserves our support. We have always supported our managers over an 18-year period (at Birmingham and West Ham) and I feel it's vital that every WHU supporter rallies behind the club for the last 15 games. If we all pull together we can still survive."
Ironically, Bendtner is believed to be one of the players O'Neill had identified as a possible signing.
West Ham will now consider making a loan bid, although Arsenal indicated they would prefer to sell. Arsene Wenger may permit the Dane to go out on loan, but only towards the end of the window. (© Daily Telegraph, London)