Hammers move for Owen - Exclusive
Published 23:00 30/12/10 By John Cross
Avram Grant is putting together an ambitious plan to sign Michael Owen in January.
Under-pressure West Ham boss Grant is desperate to strengthen his strike force and Owen is top of the club’s list of targets.
Grant also likes Everton’s out-of-favour Yakubu and had two bids knocked back in the summer but wants to try again.
Upton Park joint owner David Gold has already promised to make vast improvements to the squad and they are ready to bankroll a spectacular signing if it means getting the club out of trouble.
West Ham have already had an ambitious attempt to sign Emmanuel Adebayor knocked back despite offering to pay £100,000-a-week towards his wages if Manchester City let him out on loan.
That was knocked back but West Ham are keen on former England and Real Madrid striker Owen, 31, who has struggled to hold down a place at Manchester United.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists Owen is still in his plans but West Ham want to test their resolve with the striker only having six months left on his current deal.
West Ham favour a loan move for Owen but if they stay up that may change. Grant is also a big fan of Yakubu but Everton’s valuation of around £8m scared West Ham off in the summer.
But with Yakubu out of the team, that may have changed and Grant took an opportunity on Tuesday to talk to the Nigerian when the clubs met at Upton Park on Tuesday.
West Ham are also one of the clubs who have enquired about taking David Beckham on loan from LA Galaxy for two months. Tottenham, West Ham, Sunderland, Newcastle, Everton and Blackpool have also asked to be kept in the loop about developments.