Croatia's Davor Suker Wants To Play For West Ham

Croatia's Davor Suker Wants To Play For West Ham

Post by Barry Marjanovic » Thu, 13 Apr 2000 04:00:00

 PA Sporting Life
13/04/00
FOOTBALL NEWS

Redknapp urged to buy Arsenal striker Suker.

STIMAC ISSUES SUKER PLEA

By Bill Pierce, PA Sport

West Ham centre-back Igor Stimac has urged
manager Harry Redknapp to sign fellow
Croatian international Davor Suker if Arsenal
release the 32-year-old striker this summer.

Stimac, who returns from suspension to face
Newcastle at Upton Park on Wednesday, said:
"Davor would be a great signing for us and for
me personally it would be a thrill to team up with
him again on a regular basis.

"I know that West Ham considered signing him
last summer but they couldn't afford his transfer
fee from Real Madrid then. Now, though, he
would be a free transfer if Arsenal let him go
and I believe he would love to come here.

"He hasn't had many chances at Arsenal but his
scoring record is still fantastic. If you want to be
challenging for the big prizes a club has to have
four top strikers and Davor is just that.

"I speak to him regularly and I know he still has
great faith in his ability. You only have to look at
his record to know why. I've seen him play a few
times this season and he has looked very
sharp."

Although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has yet
to confirm he won't be taking up the club's
option for a further season's contract with Suker,
it is one of football's worst-kept secrets that the
striker will move on at the end of the season.

He has scored 11 goals despite just 14 starts
for Arsenal since his cut-price capture from
Real in August.

But Wenger bought Thierry Henry from Juventus
in the same week and the World Cup winger's
successful conversion to a 19-goal central
striker has left Suker in the shade at Highbury.

Now Wenger is expected to launch a big-money
raid for either Dutch scoring sensation Ruud van
Nistelrooy or Liverpool's Robbie Fowler.

Suker has already admitted: "I'm sure I will be
leaving Arsenal in the summer and I would like
my next club to be West Ham. Certainly, I want
to stay in London because I have learned so
much and I like the life here."

Redknapp is reluctant to talk about Suker,
admitting: "He's an Arsenal player at the
moment and Arsene Wenger is not going to be
very happy about me discussing him.

"But if he becomes available we would be
interested - as would plenty of other clubs. We
couldn't afford to sign him last year but if he's on
a free it changes things and just look at his
record.

"He must be one of the most successful
goalscorers in the world. Signing somebody like
him would not be any kind of gamble. He has
proven quality."

Redknapp has the same view about 21-year-old
French striker Frederic Kanoute, who the
Hammers hope to sign permanently after two
games on loan from Lyon.

"We are not far away from a deal with Lyon,"
admitted Redknapp. "But it is not done yet,
even though we believe the price will only be
between 3million and 4million rather than the
6million I've seen quoted.

"The problem - as always at West Ham - is that
I've got to raise cash from selling somebody
before I can sign a player. But the chairman
wants to do something with Kanoute and I'm
hopeful we can."

Kanoute, who has fallen out with his manager at
Lyon, is set to make his second Upton Park
appearance tonight.

Another impressive display will put the pressure
on West Ham to offer him a permanent deal,
especially as several other Premiership clubs
have already been alerted to his enormous
potential.