West Ham boss bemoans ‘tapping up’

Ricardo Vaz Te

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has sensationally claimed that wantaway forward Ricardo Vaz Te was illegally tapped up before handing in a transfer request, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The Portuguese winger shocked the Hammers this week by demanding a transfer after dropping down the pecking order under Allardyce with the likes of Stewart Downing, Joe Cole and Matt Jarvis all ahead of him.

Vaz Te, who scored the winning goal to send West Ham back to the Premier League in the 2012 play-off final, will be allowed to leave Upton Park before Monday’s transfer deadline but Allardyce is not happy with the situation.

The former Bolton and Newcastle boss knows that he has to sell players in order to bring anyone else in but Allardyce was happy with no business being done in East London until January.

‘Generally when you make something like that they’ve been tapped,” Allardyce said.

‘Someone would’ve probably already contacted him.

‘I am expecting a bid for him in the next couple of days because you don’t do that sort of thing this late in the transfer window without having somebody spoken to you.

‘If anybody’s going to leave now it’ll be Vaz. You don’t keep anybody that doesn’t want to stay. If a club comes in to make the right offer for him we’ll be more than happy to accommodate the transfer request he’s given us.

‘We haven’t had any offers for him. I would expect in the next couple of days we will have an enquiry. If not he’s put himself in a difficult position having said what he’s said if he doesn’t have another club lined up. Obviously we’ll cover that when the transfer deadline is over if he’s still here.’

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