SAM Baldock’s performances this season have not gone unnoticed and Dons boss Karl Robinson has confirmed that a new offer has been tabled for the striker, but rejected.
The 22-year-old has scored six goals so far this season, including a hat-trick last Saturday against Chesterfield, and featured heavily in the 4-0 Carling Cup win over Norwich City on Tuesday night, adding to his tally with a terrific 20-yard strike.
And with scouts from many clubs watching over the striker in recent weeks, it hardly comes as a surprise that an official bid has now been submitted to the club. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has seen Baldock fire in the goals in his last two outings and a bid of £1.5 million is thought to have been made by the Championship outfit.
Robinson is aware of the bid and admitted that he wasn’t sure whether or not Baldock has played his last game in a Dons shirt.
He said: “We have had an offer, an official offer. I believe that will be the first of many. We’ll see what unfolds but sometimes it’s money that you can’t reject.
“I’d be disappointed to lose him but we will see what the next 24 hours brings for the football club and Sam Baldock. We will do our business in a sensible and respectful way.
“I would be disappointed if he went but we’re a club that is very proud of our tradition in relation to letting players move on and do other things, it’s a club that doesn’t stand in the way of anybody. Some people have criticised that but I think that should be applauded because it gives the opportunity for boys to perform on a platform and better their career.
“The chairman’s been very good, we have a valuation on Sam that we feel the player deserves. He’s been a remarkable servant for the club during his time here; he is one of ours he’s come through the system.”
Robinson also suggested that he has targets of his own lined up in case Baldock does leave stadium:mk, but it’s thought Dons want just short of £2 million for their leading scorer.
The transfer window closes on Wednesday and The Hammers are reportedly desperate to sign a striker - as are Championship rivals Reading who have also been watching Baldock. It’s not known if they have made an official bid.