Daily News: No Adebayor move but £30m to spend in the summer
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 28 December 2015 at 3:01pm
Collins – We’re still picking up points – West Ham Official Site
Shorn of several attacking players, goals have dried up for the Hammers as winter has set in, not helping their cause as they aim to end an eight-game wait for victory against Southampton on Monday.
Whilst victories have not been forthcoming, the Hammers have been hard to beat with six of those eight ending all-square and Collins says that the steady accumulation of points has been important.
“I’m not making excuses, but if you take Vardy and Mahrez out of Leicester’s team, they won’t be top of the league,” he explained.
“That’s pretty much what’s happened to us with our attacking players.
“[The good thing is] We’re not losing games, we’re picking up points. We’d have liked to get three on Saturday but we’ll take a point away from home.”
West Ham were in a winning position at Villa on Boxing Day, having taken the lead through Aaron Cresswell’s 45th minute strike, so Collins was disappointed to end up with a draw on that occasion.
“It’s disappointing really, after going 1-0 up and playing well in the first half,” he admitted. “Second half we should have been better and they got on top a little bit.
“We were expecting a tough second half, with their position they’re in and in front of their own fans, but we have to be better than that. We got the goal we’ve been looking for the last couple of weeks, so to draw is disappointing.”
Sullivan – £30m transfer budget again in 2016/17 – Sky Sports
He said: “It’s like my hobby and it’s also a way to make money because I don’t make money out of football. The Krays were nasty, horrible people, serious gangsters. It’s a fantastic film. I love making films.
“We’re going to make lot more films. I’ve got to make a living! I work 90 hours a week, half of that on West Ham, so I’m not short-changing West Ham. We’ll spend another £30m on players next summer.”
David Sullivan was speaking at an event to publicise the launch of his latest film ‘The Fall of the Krays’. The follow-up to ‘The Rise of the Krays’ is released in cinemas and for download on 1 January.
Lanzini is on a season-long loan from Al Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates and West Ham’s option to sign the 22-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder permanently runs out in April.
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said: “The contract we have is 100% watertight. We have until April to make it permanent but we’ll probably do it before the due date.
“He is a fantastic player and a fantastic man. By February or March, he will be a permanent West Ham player. He could be a top, top, top player. He’s already sensational and he could be as good as any player in the world.”
Lanzini is close to returning after a thigh injury and West Ham have scored only once since his last game, against West Bromwich Albion on November 29.
Only Dimitri Payet, signed from Marseille in the summer, has scored more goals than Lanzini for West Ham this season.
Sullivan said: “Payet is the signing of the season. He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years. He’s a £30m player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet has not played since the 1-1 draw with Everton at Upton Park seven weeks ago. He is expected to return from an ankle injury next month.
West Ham’s problems in scoring without Payet and Lanzini have led to reports that they may be interested in signing free agent Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togo striker was released by Tottenham in September and he was in talks about moving to West Ham last summer.
But Sullivan said: “It’s very unlikely we’d sign him. He hasn’t played for ages, so he’s not match fit. He could have an impact wherever he goes but we’ve got too many players here and we can’t pay any more wages.”