Filed: Thursday, 12th October 2006
By: Matthew O'Greel
Alan Pardew has confirmed speculation suggesting that an unnamed club made a transfer deadline day enquiry for Hammers captain Nigel Reo-Coker.
It has been rumoured for a number of weeks that Reo-Coker was poised to leave West Ham, although until now there had been no official confirmation.
That was until Alan Pardew confirmed earlier today that Reo-Coker HAD been the subject of an enquiry - one which Pardew states he rejected.
"There was an enquiry for Nigel," he revealed. "But I said what should happen and that is what did happen - he stayed here as a West Ham player.
"I think any club in the country would be interested in Nigel; he is the captain of the England Under-21s and has led them to the European Championships. He has shown with England in the last few games that he has a great future."
Many supporters have been critical of Reo-Coker's performances this season, with some suggesting that his dip in form was partly due to the aforementioned enquiry into his availability.
But, according to Pardew, any effect that the interest may have had on the 22-year-old mifielder was certainly not negative:
"Nigel is young," he added. "Subconsciously things affect you, and I'm not going to say it hasn't affected him. But I don't think it has affected him in a negative way. The games just haven't unfolded very well for him.
"Nigel is the type of player who excels when you take the lead. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened much for us this season. He perhaps has not been in the greatest of form, but I am not worried about him - and I am not worried about the attention of big clubs.
"That is a good sign for us."
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