Filed: Sunday, 31st May 2009
By: Staff Writer
Full-back Lucas Neill and goalkeeper Robert Green are both said to have rejected new contracts.
It was reported on Saturday that fans' favourite Green, who was unhappy at not being allowed to enter contract negotiations last summer has rejected United's initial offer. The England goalkeeper, whose current deal still has two years left to run is said to be seeking parity with the club's top earners.
Meanwhile, today's Daily Mail are reporting that club captain Lucas Neill has rejected a 'one-year deal on reduced terms'.
Neill, who signed for the Hammers from Blackburn in January 2007 is out of contract this summer and has been refused a longer deal because of his age, according to an unnamed club source.
Gianfranco Zola insisted last month that the club would be doing their very best to keep the defender at the club; talking after the season had concluded he said: "Lucas is very much committed to what we're doing and he enjoys it very much. There's no intention of letting him go, so I'm very very confident."
Neill, who was 31 in March is said to be considering quitting the UK in order to concentrate on his A-League project with the Inspire Sports Group. It was revealed a year ago this month that he was keen on ending his career in the franchise with a new Sydney-based club, in which he would be a major investor.
There is still no word on Matthew Upson's situtation; West Ham are keen to tie the England defender to the club with a new deal. His current contract expires in 2011.
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