Friday, July 18, 2008

Hammer's Green gets greedy

West Ham warn Green and close in on Behrami - Transfers, Football - The Independent
West Ham were yesterday close to completing their first major signing of the summer, with the £5m acquisition of the highly-rated Swiss international Valon Behrami from Lazio. However the deal was over-shadowed by a public admonishment for Robert Green after the goalkeeper said he felt "completely undervalued"

Such is West Ham's anger over Green's comments – he further went on to say that the club "doesn't care about me" – that they are examining whether he can be fined and disciplined. They are insistent that they will not enter into negotiations over a new contract - especially as a new five-year deal was only signed last summer.

In a statement, chief executive Scott Duxbury said: "Less than a year ago Robert Green entered into a five-year contract. The club were delighted to recognise his status as our number one goalkeeper and rewarded him with a long-term deal. At the time the player entered into a new contract, he requested a mechanism to review the terms in summer 2009. This was and remains the appropriate time to review. We value Robert Green very highly. That is why we gave him a five-year deal less than 12 months ago. We have no intention of selling him."

Green is believed to earn around £26,000- the top earner at the club is Fredrik Ljungberg, who is paid £85,000-a-week in a deal that contributed to Eggert Magnusson's downfall as chairman. West Ham would be keen to sell Ljungberg but have not had any offers.

West Ham are already in the market for a new goalkeeper but are looking for a young, promising player who could become Green's under-study

It's clear that Nani has been instrumental in West Ham's transfer dealings and has played a major role in the arrival of Behrami, a 23-year-old of Kosovan descent who can play at right-back or on the right of midfield. He started all three of Switzerland's games in the recent European Championships

my's good that Hammers are now going the youth as most of their purchases last 2 years have been old farts. Saw Neill get beaten countless times last season by quickness and would like to see him go even if i am an ozzie.

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