West Ham sale?

Hammers' Dorrans bid rejected, stars up for sale

April 27, 2010
By Soccernet staff

West Ham United have had a £4 million bid for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans turned down by the Championship club.

Graham Dorrans
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Dorrans, a £200,000 signing from Scottish Division One side Livingston, has been one of the stars of the West Brom side which won promotion to the Premier League for next season. On Sunday he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the Championship.

West Brom have rejected the Hammers' offer out of hand, with chairman Jeremy Peace telling the club's official website the Scotland international is not for sale: "As I have stressed several times since we achieved promotion over two weeks ago, our aim now is to retain our core players and try to strengthen our squad around them.

"I want to make it clear again that Graham Dorrans is not for sale."

Dorrans, who turns 23 next week, has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season and also weighed in with 19 assists in the Championship - the most in the division.

The news comes on the same day that West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed that with the exception of Scott Parker, every single member of the playing staff will be available for purchase this summer.

With their Premier League status all but secured, West Ham have cast their minds forward to next season and while Sullivan is keen to avoid talk of a fire sale, he has pledged to make sweeping changes if asking prices are met for members of the team.

Sullivan is also looking to recruit a number of "exciting players" - Dorrans clearly being one of them - but with reports suggesting the likes of Carlton Cole, Robert Green and Matthew Upson will be targeted, it appears there could be some high-profile departures from Upton Park this summer.

Parker will not be amongst them though, as Sullivan has declared the midfielder untouchable. Parker scored the winning goal in the 3-2 win over Wigan on Saturday and has been in impressive form despite his club's struggles this season.

"Other than Scott Parker, there is not a player we wouldn't sell if it was the right bid," Sullivan told the Daily Mirror. "Under no circumstances will Scott Parker be sold and we will be buying more than we are selling. But you have to break a few eggs to make a cake.

"We are not going to sell anybody cheaply and we will be net spenders this summer. There will be no fire-selling and we will enhance the squad, not diminish it, but we realise we need changes.

"We will have to shake up the pack because there is no point kidding ourselves otherwise the team we have will be in the same position next year - the table doesn't lie."

Upson is one player who has attracted attention in recent seasons and while he, like his colleagues, is available for sale, the defender will also be offered a new contract by the club as they look to retain a player who will travel to the World Cup with England this season.

"We will make him a proposal for a new three-year contract," Sullivan said. "We would give him an offer of a comparable level to what he is on now, which he may or may not want to take. But Upson has a year to go so if we get a good offer we will have to take it."