West Ham launch Henry bid
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 22 May 2010 12:29:00
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West Ham have reportably made an audacious attempt to capture the 32 year-old, French international Thierry Henry on a free transfer from Barcelona.

Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan this week offered the ex-Arsenal star a two year contract believed to be worth more than £7.5million, to secure his services in East London, the Sun reports.

Sullivan is believed to offered Henry a club-record £75,000 a week, despite the club suffering with severe financial problems.

He said: "We're trying to assemble a more prolific strike force at West Ham and I'd love to have Henry here.

"Our club is in debt but a striker of his quality and standing would make it a great deal. Henry is still up there with the best.

"I've made an offer which would make him the highest-paid player in the club's history.

 

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Before the end of this current campaign, Sullivan portrayed that relegation for West Ham would have created "armageddon" in terms of the financial situation, so a bid in these terms beggars belief and shows a hint of desperation for a player who appears to be past his best.

However, the Hammers have history in this department, outlaying huge wages on players such as Davor Suker, Freddie Ljungberg and Diego Tristan, who evidently were well past their prime.

Avram Grant's imminent arrival as West Ham's new manager will almost certainly mean an exodus of players, with some high earners being shown the door.

Sullivan added: "We do not anticipate losing more than two first-team players.

"The idea is to sell maybe two and a few fringe players and bring in five new ones. We do not want to decimate the squad but rebuild it."

The re-building will have to be a job carried out with a certain amount of due care and attention considering the money crisis surrounding the club, and outburts such as signing Henry do little to calm the nerves around Upton Park, and subsequently set more alarm bells ringing.

 

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