Magpies end Neil interest

Last updated : 16 January 2009 By Plymouth_hammer

West Ham had early reacted angrily to claims made by Newcastle manager Jow Kinnear that he has spoken to Neil about joining Newcastle and the Magpies have reacted quickly to try and calm the situation.

A statement on their official site reads, "In looking to strengthen our squad, the Club has been exploring a number of possibilities during the transfer window.

"With regard to Lucas Neill, West Ham United have made it clear he is a player they value as a highly important member of their squad and who they have no desire to sell.

"Newcastle United respect West Ham's position and will therefore not be pursuing the matter."