Date: 12th January 2009 at 4:13pm
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West Ham United have reportedly boshed Manchester City’s second attempt to sign Craig Bellamy.

Mark Hughes is known to rate the Wales international and is doing what he can to entice the cash strapped London club into selling the 29-year-old striker.

However, the very latest on this saga is that West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has said no to City’s second bid, even though the Icelandic executive’s financial assets are in turmoil following the collapse of his country’s banking system. As the saying goes, every penny counts and West Ham are holding out in attempt to squeeze every pound out of the deal.

Vital Manchester City says…

Do we really want Craig Bellamy? If the answer is yes then how about a straight ‘until the end of the season’ swap with Brazilian, Jo. That way we can off-load Jo in the summer, return Bellamy, and then sign a decent striker.