Never knowingly underreported West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has named Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been hawking himself around the Premier League of late, as one of the club’s transfer targets for the summer.
The helicopter connoisseur told talkSPORT:
‘I’d love Ibrahimovic from PSG, but whether he’d come to us, I don’t know. I know he’s 34 but he’s a fantastic player.’
Having confirmed last week that the Irons were interested in Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, Sullivan then added this piece of nonsense on the wireless:
‘There are a number of top Premier League players we may be bidding for, top goal scorers, but I can’t name them. I can’t comment on players from other teams.’
Daft chairman aside, West Ham must be in with a fighting chance of landing the man simply known as Zlatan, after Slaven Bilic’s stunning first season at the helm in East London.
Bilic’s side are far from favourites to land their first ever Premier League top-four finish at 5/1 with bwin.com, but free-falling Manchester City are just a point ahead of the fifth-placed Irons, while Manchester United sit a spot further back on goal difference, with all three sides to play eight more times this term.
Three of West Ham’s next four top-flight fixtures are at home, with two eminently winnable Boleyn Ground matches coming up against Crystal Palace and Watford. Sandwiched in between is the visit of Arsenal, sitting just five points ahead in third.
Should they snag fourth place from the Manchester giants, or even reel in Arsenal, the Croatian’s buying power will increase manifold when the silly season starts.
United, the Gunners and Chelsea are also thought to be in the hunt for Zlatan, who recently said this when asked of Premier League interest:
‘There is an interest, yes. I can confirm that and we will see where it leads. I think the Premier League is the most high-profile league in the world. It is making most of the headlines.’
‘But it would have to be like a marriage – both sides have to want it as much.’