Big Sam rejects links
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has rejected reports linking the club with the likes of Joe Cole and El Hadji Diouf.
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Last Updated: 07/06/11 1:35pm
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has moved to reject reports linking the club with the likes of Joe Cole and El Hadji Diouf.
A host of players have been linked with moves in and out of Upton Park following their relegation from the Premier League.
Scott Parker, Demba Ba and Robert Green are all believed to be attracting interest, but Allardyce insists there have been no bids for any Hammers stars.
"There has been a lot of speculation about players coming in or leaving the club, but I'm not aware of any bids," Allardyce told the East London Advertiser.
"It's quiet this time of the year because everybody, like myself, is on holiday and things start up again in July. At the moment transfer activity is at a minimum."
Blackburn forward Diouf has been strongly linked with a move to East London after the Senegal star admitted he would love to be reunited with Allardyce.
Former West Ham star Cole has also been mentioned with a possible move back to Upton Park after a disappointing debut season at Liverpool.
West Ham have also been credited with an interest in Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith and Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis, but Allardyce has denied any enquiries have been made for the quartet.
"No, no and no and I don't think we could afford Joe Cole," Allardyce added.
"Of course one would love Joe Cole because he is an outstanding player, but he would be too expensive."