West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Wednesday, June 20
We've upped our bid for Grant Holt to £5.5 million according to today's papers. I'm not too sure about Holt. He had a great season last time round but at 31 is he going to suffer "second season syndrome"? A lot of strikers do really well for a promoted team and then fade, the classic examples being Marlon Harewood under Pards, Mike Small under Billy Bonds and Bolton's Michael Ricketts who got an England cap and then disappeared. But having said that Allardyce clearly rates him, Holt's come up the hard way and is hungry for the PL and a cult up in East Anglia. And we have to assume that Carlton won't play in all the games.