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Keira WILL be pleased! West Ham aim to fly high with Kightly
Winger is set to be offered a Premier League escape route by the Hammers after going down with Wolves last month
One possible way is Essex: Kightly could return 'home' by joining West Ham One possible way is Essex: Kightly could return 'home' by joining West Ham
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants to bring Essex boy Michael Kightly back to his old manor.
Winger Kightly was relegated to the Championship with struggling Wolves, where he made a handful of appearances after returning from knee problems.
Now Allardyce is trying to agree a bargain deal to add Basildon-born Kightly, who battled his way to the big time after being released by Spurs and spending years in the non-League ranks, to his Premier League-bound squad.
Kightly, 26, may snap up the chance of cracking it with the Hammers - whose celebrity fans include actress Keira Knightley - if the terms are right.
west ham till i die
Now We Are Being Linked to a Move for Steven Naismith!
Reports yesterday evening suggested that West Ham are considering a move for Glasgow Rangers forward, Steven Naismith. It is alleged Naismith has a clause in his contract that he can talk to clubs if a bid of £2m is submitted. However, there is also thought to be interest from Everton. Naismith is a Scotish international, but he does not have an outstanding scoring record for Rangers in the SPL. So whether he would 'pull up any trees' in the EPL is questionable.
We are also being linked to a move for Nicholas Anelka, who is currently plying his trade in China. He was a quality, EPL striker, but at 33 years of age, is he the right target for the Hammers? That's even if we can offer him enough money to tempt him away from Chinese football. Sam Allardyce obviously has history with Anelka, from his Bolton days, but perhaps it would be better to look at alternative targets.
Elsewhere, the old story about James Tomkins being targeted by Spurs has been dusted off and put back in to circulation by some media outlets. Now, no doubt Spurs would like a young centre half of Tomkins' ability, but West Ham are not likely to agree to sell him. So, that is a total non-story in all probability. It has been accompanied by the suggestion that Spurs are also interested in signing Rob Green on a Bosman deal. This rumour has more credability, but as we know Green has also been linked with WBA, QPR and Malaga recently. As such, it is anyone's guess where he will eventually end up? Spurs are the biggest club of the four, but it might well be that it is QPR who will offer the best terms?
Finally, there is a story on the club website about Pablo Barrera's recent exploits with the Mexican national team. He is very much the forgotten man at West Ham. But it would appear that he is still under contract to the Hammers. It will be recalled that he was loaned to Real Zaragosa, in the Spanish Ligue, for the whole of last season. Will Sam Allardyce fancy bringing Barrera back to give him another crack at the EPL? Or is it far more likely that he will he off-load the player this summer?
Sir Alex Ferguson lines up moves for Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines and Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after signing Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa for an initial £12m.
However, Italian club Napoli are also showing interesting in Baines, 27, who is valued at around £20m.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants to sign Wolves winger Michael Kightly, 26.
Manchester United and Napoli are after Baines's signature but Everton want to keep him
QPR and Sunderland are keen on 26-year-old former Everton and Portsmouth midfielder Manuel Fernandes, who is now a free agent.
Sunderland are hoping Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert's interest in Norwich frontman Grant Holt will help seal a deal for striker Gabriel Agbonlahor to leave Villa Park for the Stadium of Light.
Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says he does not expect to stay at the club next season and admits he is considering following Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool.
Newcastle target Douglas has indicated that the Magpies are on his trail - but the Brazilian-born FC Twente star also claimed a "bigger" club are also after his services.
Midfielder Joe Cole will be heading back to Liverpool after his loan spell in France, according to Lille coach Rudi Garcia.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to rule out ever returning to the Premier League after admitting he plans to remain at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva has told Real Madrid he is not interested in moving clubs as he is happy with life at the Ethiad Stadium.
Ronaldo is about to enter his fourth season at Spanish champions Real Madrid
Manchester Evening News
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged the club's chairman Daniel Levy to hurry up and offer him a new contract if they rate him as a manager.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis thinks striker Peter Crouch will return leaner and meaner than ever next season following his omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.
Norwich hope to name Chris Hughton as their new manager - and plan an official approach to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed the club are moving closer to naming their new manager amid suggestions he has spoken to Ian Holloway over the job.
South Wales Evening Post
QPR midfielder Joey Barton is attempting to put his latest brush with law behind him with a golfing holiday to Portugal.
Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at Euro 2012. Uefa's official tournament list shows that the 21-year-old forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.
STEVE BRUCE will decide in the next 24 hours if he wants to be the new boss of Hull.
The Manchester United legend, 51, was offered the job after meeting owners Assem and Ehab Allam last week.
Bruce has been out of work since being axed by Sunderland in November. Hull sacked boss Nick Barmby last month.
READING are favourites to land Brighton’s Liam Bridcutt ahead of Aston Villa and Fulham.
Newly-promoted Royals are preparing a £2million bid for the midfielder, 23.
QPR are eyeing £10million-rated Benoit Tremoulinas.
The Bordeaux left-back, 26, who wants to play in England, has two years left on his deal.
BRIGHTON’S Spanish defender Inigo Calderon, 30, has snubbed Leeds, Huddersfield and Bristol City by pledging his future to the Seagulls — despite having just one year left on his contract.
CHELSEA will loan Kevin de Bruyne to Southampton to gain Premier League experience.
Midfielder De Bruyne, 20, joined from Genk for £7m in January.
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How do these people honestly pass as Journalists ?
Isn't there some kind of stopper on Journalists writing such incorrect tripe ?
"Kightly, 26, may snap up the chance of cracking it with the Hammers - whose celebrity fans include actress Keira Knightley - if the terms are right"
What the flying fook has that got to do with anything?
Who are 'Spurs' ? Is it a nickname for the Filth?
Kightley sounds like Knightley - can you see what they've done there!
No - I don't get it either!!
I'm assuming they used it as an opportunity to get a picture of Keira into the article? If so then all good in my book.
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