Thursday 8 December 2016

West Ham set to make huge statement of intent as they close in on Arsenal star - report

Published 09/05/2016 | 19:14

Arsenal's Theo Walcott
Arsenal's Theo Walcott

West Ham close one chapter of their club's history tomorrow night when they play at Upton Park for the final time but the team's owners seem determine to start the next phase of the Hammers' development in style.

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West Ham move into the 80,000 seater Olympic Stadium in London next season, with co-owner David Sullivan telling Sky Sports today that the increased capacity will provide an extra £12m in revenue per year.

That cash injection, coupled with the windfall from the bumper Premier League TV deal, will leave the Hammers in a position to make some big money offers this summer.

The Sun reported this morning that the London club are preparing a £20m+ bid for Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott, with the Gunners prepared to let the England international go if they get that sort of money for the player.

Despite blowing hot and cold, Walcott's signing would still be a big move as West Ham look to improve on this season's solid showing that has them just outside the Champions League places.

Sullivan also gave more validity to the Walcott rumour when he told Sky that the club was preparing to make a £24m offer for a player in England this week.

He also said the club had put a €30m bid in today for another player but told Jim White that he hoped to capture the signature of one or the other. He wouldn't give the name of any prospective signing but did say the club was looking to bring in a top striker this summer.

There is more money than ever floating around the Premier League and it will be interesting to see over the summer if clubs in the second tier are able to attract players from the league's top teams.

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