Ricardo Vaz Te could be on his way out of West Ham after his 'double-my-money' salary demand was rejected by the club.
The Portuguese striker has two years remaining on his current £13,000-a-week deal but wanted it hiked to £26,000-a-week in recognition of his impressive form following his January move from Barnsley.
However, West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold turned down Vaz Te’s request during contract talks earlier this month.
Despite Gold taking to Twitter last week to deny the player was unhappy, sources have told Goal.com that Vaz Te is now considering his future at West Ham despite manager Sam Allardyce’s desire to hold on to a player who scored the goal that took the club to the Premier League, his 12th in 16 matches for the east Londoners.
It is understood that West Ham’s wage ceiling is £40,000-a-week, which has made Vaz Te even more frustrated at the club’s unwillingness to meet his demands.
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Although Allardyce is close to clinching the signing of Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga in a £5million deal, he does not want to lose the prolific 25-year-old Portuguese and is hopeful that a compromise can still be reached.
West Ham are concerned how effective Carlton Cole can be in the forthcoming season because of problems with his knees.
The England international has been training on his own with the club’s fitness coaches, athough he did play the first-half of Tuesday night's defeat against Oxford.
Allardyce will try and capture another striker after failing in a bid to sign Grant Holt earlier this summer, while he is ready to concede defeat in his bid to bring Andy Carroll to the club on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer in 12 months’ time.