Gold tracking 15 players
West Ham co-owner David Gold has revealed the club have plenty of 'irons in the fire' for January.
Last Updated: 29/12/10 6:36pm
West Ham co-owner David Gold has revealed the club have plenty of 'irons in the fire' and are hoping to bring in at least three new faces in January.
In order to make sure they succeed in strengthening Avram Grant's squad, Gold and David Sullivan have cast the net wide and are monitoring the progress of 15 players.
The Hammers remain in the relegation zone following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Everton and Gold is aware of the need to do business when the transfer window reopens.
"We've got 15 irons in the fire, and I mean that literally," he said.
"We're just concentrating on incomings, and if you get three, you've done good."
One of the new additions will be Steve Sidwell, with the Hammers set to finalise a deal for the Aston Villa midfielder, but Gold has refused to be drawn on other targets.
He explained: "There's a lot of secret stuff going on; we're trying to outwit our competitors.
"We're after a player who is the same type of player one of our competitors is looking for, and we want to keep that as quiet as we can and complete the deal."
Piquionne not for sale
Gold is also determined to keep all West Ham's key players next month and has dismissed speculation linking Frederic Piquionne with a move away from Upton Park.
The striker was this week quoted as saying that he would be open to joining Villa but Gold maintains he will not be going anywhere.
"He's not for sale," said Gold. "This club is fighting for its life.
"It's got to change what it's been doing. For 30 years, it's been selling its best players. That's got to stop."
West Ham entertain bottom club Wolves on New Year's Day in a vital clash for both sides, but Gold is not viewing it as a must-win match following a decent run over the festive period so far.
"If we don't beat Wolves then we start all over again," said the former Birmingham supremo.
"I mean you brush yourself down and you come again. But we're not even thinking that way."
He added: "I am pleased with what we've done over Christmas.
"I would say the bookies will have to redo their sums if we beat Wolves.
"If we win against Wolves you've got to say that's not the performance of a relegation side."