Reports suggests Ghanaian captain Stephen Appiah has demanded Fenerbahce allow him to talk to West Ham

Appiah is keen to discuss a deal with the Hammers. Speaking to ghanaweb.com the experienced 26 year old midfielder said:

"West Ham United have expressed strong interest in me and I think Fenerbahce will have to listen to their offer and other offers on the table for me.

"It is public knowledge that I want to move to England in the interest of the education of my kids, who still live in Italy because of their education.

"At the start of last season I turned down several offers from top clubs in Europe just to help Fenerbahce lift the title because of my love for the team and fans.

"Even while I was injured I continued to play to secure the title so they should also take my interest into consideration.

"I want my future sorted out soon so that I can make my future plans now."

With midfield departures imminent at the Boleyn Ground - most notably playmaker Yossi Benayoun - Appiah's move would provide much needed midfield creativity. Appiah is currently AWOL from the Turkish club's Austrian training camp.