West Ham’s desire to land Queens Park Rangers striker and Chelsea target Charlie Austin (via Metro)
According to the London Evening Standard, Slaven Bilic is willing to sacrifice Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis as he tries to land the forward.
Jarvis became the club’s record buy in 2012 when he signed from Wolves for £10.75m (via Daily Mail), but struggled to make an impact last season, making just 11 appearances in the Premier League, with just seven of those games coming from the bench. He managed no goals and no assists.
There was a hint however, that he may still feature in Bilic’s plans during the Croatian’s first campaign at the helm at the Boleyn Ground, as he was included in the starting line-ups for both legs of their recent Europa League qualifier against Lusitans – although Bilic was only in charge for the second tie (via BBC Sport).
The Standard suggest that the Loftus Road outfit were interested in signing the winger in January as they tried to drag themselves out of the relegation scrap.
But, it is an even bigger surprise that the Hammers are willing to let Nolan go in such an important season. With a move into the Olympic Stadium looming, the club will be desperate to ensure that they enjoy a solid final year at Upton Park, which may be made more challenging by a potential European run.
The 33-year-old has become quite an inspirational leader for the club, and has managed to score 30 goals in 139 Premier League games since his move in 2011, despite playing either in midfield or just behind the striker.
However, his future has become less certain following the departure of Sam Allardyce, who has frequently used the player as a talisman at both West Ham and Bolton previously.
But, the ruthless axing of the pair is in indication of the direction the Hammers wish to go in. And should the Evening Standard report be correct, Charlie Austin – who scored 18 times in the top flight last year – is the man who the Hammers hierarchy believe can take them there.