West Ham Transfer Updates

Last updated : 25 January 2002 By Mike Reich
In the past couple of weeks, three youth players have left West Ham, whilst one has come in on a trial, with a view to joining the club:

Liam Rosenoir is currently on trial at the club, and has played in a couple of reserve and friendly matches for the Hammers. Son of former West Ham striker Leroy Rosenoir, he seems to have impressed in his short time on loan at Upton Park.

Bristol City manager Danny Wilson said "Negotiations are at a very early stage, but it is clear that West Ham would like to take Liam. He has done very well there and impressed the right people. But there is no rush to get a deal done and I can see it being a while before anything is finalised."

The fee would probably be under a million, but would rise due to first-team appearances, and a sell on clause would no doubt be included, as the player is seen as one with great potential.

Clark: To Southend
Steven Clark
has moved to Southend United for an initial fee of £50,000, although West Ham could see that figure rise substantially, should the player move on for any sort of transfer fee in the future. The deal will have been finalised today, providing the young defender passed a medical.

Glenn told the official site: "We think we have got a deal with Southend. They have been delighted with him since he has been there because he has made a real impression on the supporters and the management alike, evidently.

"You only have to look at a couple of Southend players in recent times, Dean Austin and Justin Edinburgh, that left bigger clubs to go to Southend and ended up playing for Tottenham.
"It can happen, but we have taken out an insurance policy if it does because we have a sell-on clause if Southend were to make significant money on Steven. But the important thing is for him to get his senior career up and running at Southend, which is an excellent club. We wish him all the best."

Steven Laurie, a defender found through our Australian youth academy, left earlier this month to go to Peterborough, after his contract came to an end at Upton Park. Although his contract ended last summer, he was injured, so the club extended his contract for six months, to see him through to when he could find another club.

He left on a free to join Barry Fry's side, and Steven said "There are not many teams in the Premiership and there are only 11 places in the team amongst 30 pros - and that tells you how hard it is. It is very important because I didn't want to go cold turkey and not be able to get another club; I love playing football, that's what I want to do."

Manny: Back to Italy
Manny Cascione
has left the club by mutual consent, says academy director Tony Carr. He had been with the club for a couple of years, after being recommended to the club by Paolo di Canio's agent. His family suffered an unexpected bereavement just before Christmas, which affected the family deeply.

"He has decided he misses home now too much and wants to be near his family, and a decision has been made mutually that we would cancel his contract and honour his wish," explained Tony on the club's site.

"The lad has left the club with our very best wishes and he is now in Italy looking to resurrect his career with an Italian club; we wish him all the best with that.

"I don't want to go into too much detail, but it was a tragic and very unexpected death and it has hit the family, including Manny, very badly. We must respect that he wanted to be with his family in Italy and not come back to the UK anymore."