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McCartney eyes Hammers stay
George McCartney is hoping to help West Ham back into the Premier League and earn himself a permanent switch to Upton Park.
The 30-year-old is currently taking in a season-long loan with the Hammers, with Sunderland having deemed him to be surplus to requirements.
The experienced full-back is taking in his second spell with the capital outfit, having previously joined the club from Sunderland in 2006 before returning to Wearside two years later.
Saturday's goalless draw with Crystal Palace saw him make his 100th appearance for the club and he admits to thoroughly enjoying his time with the Championship promotion hopefuls.
McCartney is now looking to help West Ham over the line and convince Sam Allardyce that he is worthy of a full-time deal.
"When I left the last time, I didn't expect to get the opportunity to come back to a club like West Ham," he told London24.
"Thankfully the manager and the chairman gave me that chance and I am grateful to them.
"If there is promotion then I am sure that the chairman and the manager will be looking to bring in quite a few new players. I have got a year left at Sunderland and hopefully I can sort it out.
"If West Ham are back in the Premier League and willing to talk about giving me a contract, I will be more than happy to stay down here."
Nolan straight back in the team
Sam Allardyce is ready to welcome Kevin Nolan back into his West Ham side, despite the team's performances without their captain.
West Ham have played the best part of four matches without £4million midfielder Nolan after he was sent off in the ninth minute against Millwall earlier this month and subsequently hit with a three-game ban.
Yet the Hammers went on to beat Millwall, then drew with Southampton and thumped Blackpool 4-1 - both after having players sent off - before a tiring side were held 0-0 by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
"To have come through three games with 10 men, and the fourth with 11, and be undefeated is miraculous, double-underlined in capitals," said Upton Park boss Allardyce.
"On the process of what we have coming, whether Kevin is in the team for the next game or very shortly, it won't be long. Because one thing I learned Saturday is to get back to rotation.
"I felt very loyal to the lads at Blackpool and it was my mistake for doing that. On reflection - and I can't always get everything right - maybe two or three changes should have been at the start and perhaps I should have disappointed two or three players."
German striker Lukas Podolski is close to joining Arsenal from Cologne. The 26-year-old has apparently already agreed personal terms with Arsenal, although the two clubs are yet to agree a fee.
Cologne striker Luka Podolski
Lukas Podolski could be on his way to Arsenal
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Napoli have issued a "hands-off" warning to Manchester City and Chelsea over their pursuit of Ezequiel Lavezzi. The striker has impressed for the Serie A club but president Aurelio De Laurentiis says the club will ignore any offers.
Asamoah Gyan is a wanted man in the Middle East. Al-Ain, the club where the striker is currently on loan, want to make the move permanent while at least one other United Arab Emirates-based side are interested in the Sunderland star.
Spanish giants Barcelona are interested in Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 16-year-old caught the eye of the Spaniards when he scored for England schoolboys against Wales last year.
Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas is hoping to lure Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder to Stamford Bridge this summer as he bids to add more creativity to his Blues midfield.
Manchester United are the latest Premier League side to be watching Torino's attacking midfielder Alen Stevanovic. Scouts from the Premier League's top six clubs were at a recent match to see the 21-year-old in action.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have been put on alert after reports that ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho is returning to London.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is demanding £6m-a-year to stay at Chelsea after talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge stalled.
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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is set for a quick return to action after scans revealed no serious damage to his ankle.
Manchester Evening News
Tottenham youngster Adam Smith could make his debut against Manchester United at the weekend after being recalled from his loan spell at Leeds. The defender could come in for Kyle Walker, who was forced to pull out of the England squad for the friendly with Holland.
Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has dubbed the next month as "March Madness" because he believes that could be the spell that decides their Premier League fate.
The Bolton News
Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy could call time on his Wales career after leading his country in the Gary Speed memorial match against Costa Rica.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could be set to star on the small screen after striking up an unlikely friendship with 'The Only Way is Essex' star Mario Falcone.
KEVIN DAVIES is set to boost Bolton's relegation fight by returning from injury to face Manchester City on Saturday.
The striker has missed the last two games with a knee ligament problem.
Cisse is a miss
NEWCASTLE striker Papiss Cisse has pulled out of Senegal's friendly with South Africa today because of a groin injury.
MANCHESTER UNITED want UEFA to force Athletic Bilbao to reduce their prices for next month's Europa League tie.
United should get about 2,000 tickets for the last-16 second leg on March 15.
But Red Devils fans are being asked to pay a whopping £77.50 for a ticket by the Spanish outfit — a massive hike on earlier Europa League games.
KEITH ANDREWS is set to open talks for a longer stay at West Brom.
The Irish midfielder, 31, joined Albion on a six-month free after falling out with Blackburn.
Andrews, who has hit two goals in as many games, said: "There's a real togetherness around this place.
"I'd love to stay here. I'm sure there'll be conversations over the next few months."
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Just what I thought Carnage when I read that the other day - that Nolan isn't guaranteed a place back in the side for the next game. However I'd be surprised if he's not in because if nothing else he'll be fresh from having a few games out.
As for Ringo, I like the bloke and I'd probably offer him a deal to be part of the squad - but if we do go up I think we should be looking for two new full-backs on both the right and left.
Certainly sounds like it. I can imagine him coming in for Cardiff, but possibly rotated out again for Watford.
Funny, I read it as the complete opposite (reading between the lines)
That is, Sam is making the point that Nolan won't just waltz straight back into the team (as many critical voices have suggested on here will be the case), but the team does however need to be rotated and Nolan is back in the squad..... so might just be rotated straight into the side...?
Oh, and I almost forgot. A big to CH for the sterling work in putting the news up every day
Last edited by Hambrosia Stu on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:44 am, edited 1 time in total.
Had we won last weekend then I think that Nolan may have started on the bench, but as we didn't and given how knackered I thought Collinson looked my guess is that our Captain will start.
Cheers mate...good to have back and in proper form ~ that suspension did you the world of good.....
"He will want to be in the next team [at Fulham] so he has to be a good pro.
"Being captain doesn't mean that you have to play in every game."
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