Ashton - going nowhere
By Uncle Dave
Monday 12 May 2008 18:07:00
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Alan Curbishley has spoken of his desire to keep Dean Ashton, whose return to form has sparked rumours he will leave the club in the summer.

 

Manchester United have been linked with an £8 million move for the forward, and both Portsmouth and Newcastle have been rumoured to want to add the flaxen-haired one to their ranks.

 

His value won’t have been diminished by an excellent goal at the weekend, and his England call-up will definitely add a few pennies to his worth.

"Every club outside the top four has this problem every summer. Even Spurs and people like that are going to come under pressure," said Curbishley.

"But since the new group took over West Ham we have tried to push forward and I don't see selling players as a way of pushing forward.

"I want to see certain combinations of players that I haven't had a chance to see. I want to play Craig Bellamy with Dean Ashton. I am enthusiastic about when we join up again."

However, if a club came in and threw a lot of money at the situation, it could tempt the club into an acceptance given the furore over wage bills in the papers recently.

Ashton is now seeking reassurance he is going to be at the club next year.

"As far as I know I'll be at West Ham. The only worry is that the club haven't spoken to me yet so I don't know where I stand," he said.

"Obviously I'd like to speak to the club about my future. I'd just like to know where my future lies.

"Obviously I had to prove myself after spending so long out injured and I feel I've done that now.

"West Ham is the team I play for. I want to talk to the club because I've really enjoyed myself here and that's all I'm really thinking about."

"A lot has been written about me but the thing I'm most worried about is what West Ham think of me," he said.

"I suppose it (Ferguson's praise) is flattering but you don't really read a lot into what goes into the papers."

A former Norwich player, he battled injury this term to still record an impressive 11 goals to cap off his return to the international fold after being cruelly denied his first cap when a freak ankle injury in training for the national team ruled him out.  

"It was nice to end the season like I have done after the year that I've had, which has been in-and-out really. I'm really pleased," he added.

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