Semi-Final Striker Woes
Piquionne's sending off against Everton has left Avram Grant with a real head ache up front for the Carling Cup semi-final second leg. Grant says on the West Ham official site,
"Now like Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne is suspended for the semi-final at Birmingham City, while Carlton Cole is injured.
"I don't know if he'll be available because he's only got four days to get fit. At the moment, I'm down to Freddie Sears, Zavon Hines and Frank Nouble."
The People claim that West Ham are close to signing Demba Ba in a deal worth up to £5 million. They say because of Ba's knee problems, that saw him fail a medical at Stoke last week, West Ham will pay the fee in stages.
The Mail say Everton are also still in the race to sign Demba Ba who 'may not be fit to play until April'.