Ricardo Vaz Te released a personal statement to reveal he had handed in a transfer request at West Ham. He revealed how frustrated he had become at West Ham, and it has led to him wanting to force his way out via a formal request.
Sam Allardyce was questioned on Ricardo’s request. He accepted that no unhappy player should ever be forced to stay at any club, and that if the right amount is offered that Vaz will certainly be on his way out of the club this transfer window.
However, he also suggested that to have the confidence this late in the transfer window to request a transfer, there may be more to this than meets the eye.
Big Sam put to the press “Generally when you make something like that they’ve been tapped. Someone would’ve probably already contacted him. I am expecting a bid for him in the next couple of days because you don’t do that sort of thing this late in the transfer window without having somebody spoken to you.”
With reported interest from fellow Premier League sides Cardiff City and Crystal Palace with Ian Holloway declaring his desperation for a player who will “pick the ball up and run with it” Something which Ricardo is known for (if he can be bothered).
Big Sam also suggests that Ricardo could be in a sticky position if he doesn’t get the move, which he has apparently been offered via tapping up. He didn’t however rule out Vaz Te playing for West Ham again should he not secure a move, claiming “nothing is beyond repair with me”.
From all this it is suggestible that Ricardo is perhaps forcing his way out of the club and that doesn’t imply that he is ever willing to fight for a place in the side in which he isn’t going to be in favour ahead of Stewart Downing and Matt Jarvis, let alone the likes of Joe Cole and Ravel Morrison.
It is however a shame that he hasn’t been given a chance to play up top during these opening two games of the Premier League season. In his statement he spoke of his desire to play as a striker and he certainly possesses on paper the ability to cause problems.
I would have liked to have seen him make an appearance off the bench replacing Modibo Maiga but it seems this relationship between Sam and Ricardo is coming to an end.