Saturday, 26 January 2013

Hammers bid for Celtic star Izaguirre

West Ham have made an offer to Clydesdale Scottish Premier League club Celtic for their influential left back Emilio Izaguirre. The Honduras international, who was a shining light in the Hoops' SPL title win last season and was named Player of the Year. Irons boss Sam Allardyce has made the left back position a priority in this transfer window, with the full extent of Dan Potts' injury sufferd at Arsenal on Wednesday night not entirely clear and with first choice left back George McCartney still a long term absentee, the injury-prone Joey O'Brien is currently West Ham's only option in the position. Celtic reportedly want £4 million for the 26 year old, whose form has dropped drastically this season after a barnstorming 2011/2012 in Scotland; but the Hammers would prefer a loan deal till the end of the season, at which point the club will know whether Premier League survival has been secured and be able to make a decision about whether to sign Izaguirre permanently, in light of the new lucrative television money being given to Premier League clubs next season. The Celtic man is reportedly keen on a move to England, but Hoops manager Neil Lennon has no motivation to sell; with his side facing two huge games against Italian giants Juventus in their Champions League last 16 tie next month, Lennon will be keen to keep the bulk of his squad together- particularly with tsra striker Gary Hooper reportedly getting closer to a move to Norwich City, who are tabling a third bid worth more than £7 million. However, the wily Northern Irishman may be tempted to cash in on a player who only cost £600,000 from Motagua three years ago.

By Alex Shilling

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