Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

West Ham Must Sell Players to Fund [Pounds Sterling]12.5m Deal for Striker Remy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

West Ham Must Sell Players to Fund [Pounds Sterling]12.5m Deal for Striker Remy

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Byline: Ken Dyer

WEST HAM'S hopes of signing French striker Loic Remy from Nice look doomed unless they can sell at least two players to help fund the deal.

Remy, who made a flying visit to England yesterday to talk to Stoke, has said that he has two more Premier League clubs to meet before he makes a decision on a [pounds sterling]12.5million move.

West Ham have been tracking Remy for several weeks but the Upton Park club, who have been busy in the transfer marker this summer, must move on some of their squad if they are to make a firm offer.

A main stumbling block for West Ham is that Nice are demanding [pounds sterling]7.5m of the [pounds sterling]12.5m transfer fee in the first 12 months and the East London club, who are rumoured still to be more than [pounds sterling]90m in debt, are in no position to pay out that sort of money up front.

There had been speculation that Stoke were poised to offer around [pounds sterling]9m for Carlton Cole but West Ham's Premier League rivals have denied any interest, while Cole himself is reluctant to move north.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has already confirmed that he is open to offers for every player with the exception of Scott Parker.

England defender Matthew Upson plus midfield pair Valon Behrami and Alessandro Diamanti have already been linked with moves away from Upton Park. …

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