Shorey: West Ham interest is 'flattering'
By Barney French
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2007
Reading fullback Nicky Shorey has reacted favourably to interest from West Ham United in his signature.The left-back who recently earnt his first England cap had a brilliant season at Reading as the promoted side took the Premiership by storm in a way reminicent of West Ham's return to the top tier.
Since the departure of Paul Konchesky to Fulham, West Ham are stretched in the left-back position. There is the versatile Spector, but Curbishley would probably prefer to keep the young American as cover. George McCartney had an impressive end to the season and Curbishley wants to add competition for the left side.
A deal would likely be done around the £5mil mark. Shorey himself told the Daily Mail that despite the interest and a hands off warning being made, he was yet to be offered an improved contract to tie down his future.
"It's flattering to hear they [West Ham] might be interested, we'll just have to see what happens," said the 26 year old defender.
"My agent has been dealing with my contract, but, so far, I haven't received an offer [from Reading]
"I don't know what's going to happen, I want to see where Reading see me in their plans and also where the club is going."
Whilst Shorey had an excellent first term, Hammers fans will be worried that history could repeat itself as many of the team of 05/06 followed up excellent Premiership debuts with poor second seasons; Konchesky and Etherington to name just two.