McCarthy a target?
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 20 Jan 2010 14:46:00
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In an interview with Sky Sports News this morning, David Gold admitted he would be interested in signing Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy for West Ham United.

McCarthy almost joined the Hammers back in August 2005 but saw the move collapse at the last minute after Porto, his club at the time, pulled the plug on a deal worth around £6million.

Earlier this month Sam Allardyce was quoted as saying that McCarthy would be available for around £1m.

"I think he would be a good acquisition if that could be achieved," Gold told Sky Sports this morning. "It's possible.

"But all strikers that are available as we speak are possible. It's a question of 'can we do business?'"

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   McCarthy, speaking back in September 2005 told of his disappointment at being denied a move to the Boleyn Ground.

"You can imagine my frustration when told at the last minute that the deal was off," he said. "I passed a medical and I was sure I was signing for West Ham.

"But I can't change what has happened and I will just have to play for Porto until my contract with them ends."

McCarthy finally got his move to the Pemiership a year later when he signed for Blackburn in a £2.5million deal.

Since then he has made 108 appearances for the Rovers, netting on 37 occasions. Despite maintaining a decent goal-to-game ratio, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has indicated that the South African can leave the club.

Turkish club Galatasaray - who signed ex-Hammer Lucas Neill from Everton last week - are also said to be interested.

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