Word on the street is that the special one has decided to give Romelu Lukaku his chance at Chelsea and therefore the chances of the Hammers pulling across London on loan have faded.
Meanwhile, the Columbian starlet Duvan Zapata is reported to be on the verge of joining the Londoners. Speaking in Cork last weekend, Big Sam revealed that the work permit issue was a possible stumbling block. At 6ft 2, Zapat’s physical presence would make for an interesting understudy to Andy Carroll.
Otherwise, the Stuart Downing trail has also gone quiet as have rumours regarding the approach for the Ecuadorian Jefferson Montero as it appears that an out and out striker is the main outstanding requirement for the squad.