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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by Grant Vink
08:19AM 2nd Jun 2009
''Being an aussie I hope Neill stays for a bit longer but losing him will not be nearly as bad as losing Green. He SHOULD imho be one of the top earners at the club he has been the most consistant player this club has seen for many years the club should be rewarding him for this.
It must be hard to swallow when others have made West Ham a well paid retirement project while he breaks his back for the team week in week out. Lets hope the board do the right thing and get his wages up. Even if it means offloading another player Robert Green is the key to us building in seasons to come.''
03:33PM 1st Jun 2009
''Best news I have heard in a while. Let's face it, Lucas is ok but he is too slow and he does tend to switch off and forget his duties. So let him go to Man City if he wants and use the money saved on his inflated wage packet to give to Greeny who deserves it for the work he puts in for us every season.''
by john smith
02:48PM 1st Jun 2009
''Just heard from a source that if Rob Green does leave, we will get Peterborough 'keeper Joe Lewis to replace him. ''
by Alex P
12:53PM 1st Jun 2009
''Give Greeno what he wants, he is probably our biggest asset.
by Tell it how it is Charley
07:48AM 1st Jun 2009
''You need to have a wage structure and the club has to live within its financial means. If the player gets greedy then he has to go for the sake of the financial well being of the club. You just have to look at the financial state of Newcastle.
Some times I really wonder what realy goes on within a club and who really is in charge. I would be sorry to see Green go but if that means saving the financial wellbeing of the club then so be it. It's absolutely ludicrous that you sign a long term contract and then soon after want to change it. It's a sign of pure financial greed on the players part and I for one have no sympathy.''
by marleeeen depreciation society
05:14AM 1st Jun 2009
''Good move by the club having the balls to offer him a reduced wage, he's replaceable and his lack of pace has been telling although his game did improve but only right at the end of the season. He was always mercenary and he was being paid too much. Use the money saved to keep hold of Green and Upson.''