Hammers hunt Jags
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham are to test Sheffield United's resolve to keep Phil Jagielka.West Ham are to test Sheffield United's resolve to keep Phil Jagielka by tabling a £3 million bid.
Hammers boss Alan Pardew has been impressed with Jagielka's displays in the four games between the sides last season, and has targeted him as part of his summer recruitment drive.
Blades boss Neil Warnock is desperate to keep hold of the former England Under-21 international, and has already stated he is not for sale.
Charlton have already had a £1.5 million bid turned down by The Blades, while Portsmouth have also been credited with a £2 million bid.
Early reports suggest Warnock has even dismissed the £3 million offer, such is his desire to keep the talented 22-year-old, but The Hammers hope the lure of Premiership football can turn Jagielka's head.
Warnock has vowed to improve his side for a concerted push for promotion next season, but his pursuit of Watford striker Heidar Helguson may be thwarted - by West Ham.
Watford seem resigned to losing the Icelandic marksman but it seems as though Upton Park is his preferred destination.
A further target for Warnock is Liverpool striker Neil Mellor, with the South Yorkshire side rekindling their interest.
Mellor is trying to get back to fitness after having surgery on both knees for tendonitis, but he may not be fit enough to get into Rafa Benitez's side immediately.
A loan move to Bramall Lane would give him chance to prove his fitness to The Reds, and Warnock has already tried to sign him before.