Wednesday, 11th September, 2013
Former Schalke striker Ciprian Marica is a wanted man in England, but West Ham do not boast the financial muscle to afford him, according to the player's agent.
Marica is being targeted by no less than Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur since becoming a free agent this summer.
West Ham made it three London clubs for the Romanian, with their interest surfacing last week, though the Hammers did secure free agent Mladen Petric this Monday.
And a tight financial situation means West Ham may not be able to pull off another striker's capture, especially after comments from Marica's agent Florin Manea.
"Marica's financial claims are too big for a club of the stature of West Ham", Manea was quoted by Romanian outlet Ziarul Ring as saying.
Marica is believed to be keen on a £7.5m salary over a three-year contract, something that could well be within Arsenal and Spurs' reaches.
Both clubs have had enormous coffers this season – thanks to differing reasons – and have shown plenty of interest in buying players.
On the other hand, West Ham, by their own admission, have stretched their wage-bill limits and were restricted to selling players before considering purchases.
Free agent Petric's capture on a one-year deal means it is unlikely the club's owners will push for Marica, despite a CV that includes Schalke, Stuttgart and Shakhtar Donetsk.
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