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Melville gone, Sofiane and Lomas on their way?

Filed: Tuesday, 9th August 2005
By: Gordon Thrower

It was confirmed tonight that a trio of players are on their way out of the Boleyn Ground.

Speaking at tonight's Fans' Forum Alan Pardew told the audience that the club had already made a deal with Melville who has officially left the club.

Melville joined the Hammers in January 2004 as part of the deal that saw the departure of Ian Pearce to Fulham. However the Welshman made only 14 league starts for the Irons and spent the last three months of last season on loan to Nottingham Forest for whom he made 15 league and cup appearances.

Meanwhile it was also announced that French midfielder Yousef Sofiane is due to go on trial to an un-named French club sometime next week. Pardew expressed his disappointment at Sofiane's lack of progress during his time at the club, during which he has made only two substitute appearances. Signed from Auxerre in 2002 Sofiane has also failed to impress during loan spells with Lille, Notts County and, most recently, Roda JC from where he returned after cutting short his loan citing "personal reasons". Sofiane is in the final year of a four-year contract.

The departure of Steve Lomas follows recent comments that the long-serving Irishman will not feature in the manager's plans for the coming season. Alan Pardew informed the audience that the 31 year-old midfielder would be spending some time at Derby County with a view to winning a contract with the Pride Park club.

Lomas joined the Hammers for £1.6m in 1997 and made over 200 appeearances for the club, though his latter years were blighted by a number of serious injuries.

We'll be bringing you more from the Fans'Forum over the next few days.

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