Allardyce wants Rhodes for promotion: Hammers line up 3m Huddersfield striker bid
West Ham are wasting no time in their pursuit to win promotion back to the Premier League and have tabled a 3million bid for exciting Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhiodes.
Hammer time: West Ham want to sign Jordan Rhodes
The 21-year-old Scotland international has struck 20 goals in 20 League One games to his name so far this season attracting interest from a host of suitors.
But the Hammers have made him their No 1 target for when the January transfer window reopens for business with manager Sam Allardyce desperate to immediately bolster his injury-hit squad.
It is understood that West Ham have had an initial offer rejected by Huddersfield but will return with an improved offer for the player who recently scored all four in the Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United.
Rhodes would be perfect foil for Sam Baldock, who has been impressive since he arrived in August from League One high-flyers MK Dons. Baldock is out nursing a hamstring problem but hopes to return soon.
Among his list of 25 potential targets, Allardyce has also identified Southend teenager Kane Ferdinand and Crystal Palace winger Wilfired Zaha while USA striker Eddson Buddle has been on trial at the club”s Chadwell Heath training ground.
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West Ham are second in the Championship, three points behind leaders Southampton who can stretch their lead to six when they face Bristol City on Friday night, a day before the Hammers” difficult New Year”s Eve visit to Derby.
Allardyce is without several first team players for the trip to Pride Park. Captain Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison, George McCartney and Julien Faubert are suspended while Baldock, Matty Taylor, David Bentleym, Guy Demel, Winston Reid and Abdoulaye Faye are all sidelined through injury.
Dig in deep: Carlton Cole has ordered his team-mates to persevere despite their current injury and suspension problems
Striker Carlton Cole, who scored at Birmingham on Boxing Day, has called on his fellow experienced senior players to help the club”s youngsters get through a tough and busy period of fixtures, with Coventry at home next on January 2.
“The experienced lads have to help the young lads,” he said.
“Everyone involved, right through the squad, has a part to play.”