Rejecting 15million for Reo-Coker Shows Hammers' New Attitude

By Barney French
Last updated : 04 September 2006
Reputedly the clubs offered in the region of 12 to 15million for the Hammers' team captain. In years gone by, Brown's regime would have cashed in.

Pardew has stated he isnt interested in letting any of his important players go with Ashton, Harewood, Zamora, Benayoun, Ferdinand, Konchesky, and Nigel Reo-Coker all subject to interest from clubs who would be able to offer big money - Newcastle, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs, Arsenal Portsmouth among those clubs.

Joorabchian's statement in the press yesterday highlighting his ambitions for the club should he take over are also refreshing. There is no evidence of the 'feeder club' argument touted around by many cynics. What most fail to see is that Joorabchian could use West Ham or any aspiring club- Portsmouth for example - as a stepping stone to get top players adjusted to the Premiership without buying them out. Just do as he has done with Mascherano and Tevez - give them to us for a period of time and move them on when there is sufficient interest. The very fact that Joorabchian wants to initiate a takeover shows his intentions to bring success to Upton Park and not to use it as 'parking' for big name players.

If the deal goes through, I believe he will invest and players like Mascherano and Tevez will be more inclined to stay, particularly if we have an outstanding season. Pleasing too were his comments regarding his confidence in Alan Pardew. With finances (reported as a possible 100million to be given to spend on players) and Pardew continuing to rule the roost at Upton Park, West Ham could challenge the so called 'big clubs' of the Premiership.

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