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Allardyce welcomes offers for wantaway West Ham man as Crystal Palace and Cardiff linked

11:48 30 August 2013

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West Ham United's Ricardo Vaz Te (left). Picture: Stephen Pond/PA

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Transfer news: Manager Sam Allardyce says he will let Ricardo Vaz Te leave West Ham for the right price – but believes the forward was illegally tapped up before submitting his transfer request.

The Portuguese vented his frustrations in a strongly-worded statement yesterday, claiming he had been unfairly treated by West Ham and demanding a move away from Upton Park.

Crystal Palace and Cardiff City are among the clubs to have been linked with Vaz Te, who has struggled to nail down a first team place with the east Londoners since helping them win promotion in 2012.

Allardyce is ready to listen to offers for the 26-year-old and suspects he has already been made aware of potential suitors.

“If anybody’s going to leave now it’ll be Vaz,” said Allardyce. “You don’t keep anybody that doesn’t want to stay.

“If a club comes in to make the right offer for him we’ll be more than happy to accommodate the transfer request he’s given us.”

He added: “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.”

Allardyce worked with Vaz Te during his time at Bolton, and he says he wasn’t surprised by the player’s transfer request.

“I’ve known Vaz since he was 16, he generally speaks his mind and gives his opinion. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion.”

“We haven’t had an offer for him. I would expect in the next couple of days we will have an enquiry.”

Despite Vaz Te’s statement, Allardyce insists his relationship with the player is not beyond repair,

“Nothing is beyond repair with me,” He said. “20 years ago, 18 years ago, he’d probably never kick a ball again.

“In today’s world of football and me being a bit more mature and mellow, I’m always ready to give someone a second chance.

“At this moment in time if he wants to leave he can. There’s no problem with that.

“The club who wants him will have to pay a fair price we consider is right. He won’t just leave the club because he wants to.”

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