Hammer-Tastic again: Doyle, Neill and a link up with Milan
By Harry Amber-Mitchell
Monday 30 Jun 2008 09:46:00
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Welcome to the world of West Ham in the summer. This is our chance to keep you, the avid Hammer, in the loop regarding the mighty claret and blue during the peaceful days when you’re pretending to not care about football, but secretly you’re hankering for that little bit of info each day.

Well, you’re in luck, as once again we get involved to round up all that is good and pure in the fantastically made-up world of footie.

So…let’s kick off with a little snippette of rumour-ness in the shape of Kevin Doyle. Apparently West Ham will bid £7.5 million for the striker who has been the subject of ‘regular scouting checks’ by Alan Curbishley’s team.

Makes very little sense this one at those prices, especially for a striker who just got relegated.

On another note, Anton Ferdinand has once again wandered into the sights of the rumour rifle. Aston Villa are reportedly ready to bid £10 million for a defender once on the fringes of the England squad before injuries stopped him from playing, and then when he did, played pretty poorly by the standards he had set.

And in another episode of ‘busy weekend for West Ham’, the club have reportedly held talks with captain Lucas Neill, who could totter off on a free next summer.

The defender, who joined from Blackburn last season for a deal that reportedly doubled his wages, is set to have talks to extend his contract.

Paddy Dominguez, the player’s agent, said to the News of the World: “It doesn’t make sense that a manager who brought Lucas to the club and has installed him as captain would look to sell him.

“It would be very strange. Lucas’ relationship with Alan is good and he is relishing the role of captain.”

And finally, Gianluca Nani has been throwing his weight around at the East End club once more, and it’s pushing the players as far as Italy.

Apparently the Italian (eh-up, see a link there?) is so impressed with the facilities at a private clinic in AC Milan’s training ground he’s sending the injured players there, including Danny Gabbidon, who is now back on the road to recovery.

However, this in unlikely to be popular for the players, who spend enough time away as it is, thanks to the large amount of internationals in the squad.

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