Berb move is Ham­pered

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 - By JON WEST

WEST HAM have been forced to shelve their plans to land Dimitar Ber­ba­tov as well as Andy Car­roll.

Sam Al­lardyce was hop­ing seal­ing a loan deal for Liver­pool’s Car­roll might per­suade Manch­ester United spare part Ber­ba­tov to come to Up­ton Park as well.

Queens Park Rangers are also keen to lure the Bul­garia hit-man to Lon­don.

But they are in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to the Ham­mers, big plans to es­tab­lish them­selves as a top-10 Premier League out­fit but so far no track record.

Car­roll won’t go to a club that isn’t at least a con­tender for a Cham­pi­ons League place and Ber­ba­tov is un­der­stood to think the same way.

New­cas­tle – the club that sold him for £35mil­lion – are will­ing to take Car­roll back but that deal went cold.

As­ton Villa de­fender James Collins, a for­mer Ham­mer, re­mains a more re­al­is­tic tar­get for Al­lardyce.

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