Magnusson keen on SWP talks
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Eggert Magnusson says trying to land Shaun Wright-Phillips is top of his agenda.
Eggert Magnusson has told Sky Sports News that trying to land Shaun Wright-Phillips is top of his agenda after taking over at West Ham United.
The England international looks set to be the subject of widespread interest in the transfer window, with Manchester City keen on bringing the star back to Eastlands and Thierry Henry calling for Arsenal to make a move.
Rafa Benitez has ruled out Liverpool entering the chase, but Spanish side Atletico Madrid have also been strongly linked with the player, who has failed to impress since moving to Chelsea.
The Hammers have made no secret of their own desire to bring Wright-Phillips to Upton Park, with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon confirming the champions are ready to listen to offers for the diminutive midfielder.
London rivals West Ham have already made tentative enquiries about the former City star, but Magnusson has now underlined his determination to touch base with Chelsea again in a bid to win the race for Wright-Phillips.
"It is no secret that we are interested in him and I will try to contact Chelsea sooner rather than later to discuss that possibility," Magnusson told Sky Sports News.
"No [I haven't contacted them yet], it is my first full day as chairman! But yes [it is high on my list]."
The Hammers are expected to reinforce their squad come January, and buoyed by Magnusson's takeover, have been linked with a number of targets - some more realistic than others.
Amongst the more speculative links has been possible interest in Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, and, whilst Magnusson is a confirmed admirer of his countryman, the Hammers supremo has played down talk of a sensational coup.
Similarly, Magnusson also insists former England captain David Beckham's name has not been put forward as a potential target by Alan Pardew.
"He [Gudjohnsen] is very successful at Barcelona," Magnusson added.
"He is a great guy, a great footballer, very intelligent and I would love to have him at some stage if the manager would want him, but it has not been discussed.
"David Beckham is a great football player, I have only high respect for him, but as I say, Alan Pardew has to tell me that he wants this or that player and I have to try and get it for him."
However, Magnusson was less forthcoming about how much money Pardew may have at his disposal in January, as he goes about the task of transforming The Hammers into UEFA Champions League contenders.
"No, I cannot tell you any figures because I don't know yet which players Alan wants. One, two or three players?" he said.
"We take it one day at a time, we want an improvement slowly, by saying that, I want us to achieve this in a certain timeframe, but that will take time.
"What I want to see happening here in the very near future is West Ham will be every year challenging for the top honours in English football and competing for a place in the UEFA Champions League every year."