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Filed: Friday, 27th August 2010
By: Staff Writer


West Ham are expected to be busy right up until the end of the transfer window as Avram Grant seeks to enhance his squad further.

Despite having made half-a-dozen signings over the course of the summer - including his most recent capture, Victor Obinna - Grant is hoping to strengthen his first team squad further - with defensive options now a priority.

The summer transfer window closes at midnight Tuesday, just four days from now. However the Hammers are still working hard to further enhance a squad that has lost both its opening games to the new season - with fixtures against last season's top two, Manchester United and Chelsea to follow.

One player Grant remains extremely keen on is Ivorian full-back Guy Demel, who currently plys his trade at Hamburg. The 29-year-old right-sided defender has made more than 100 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit and with his current contract set to expire shortly, is available at a knock-down fee.

French-born Demel - who played twice for his adopted country at this summer's World Cup Finals - has also occasionally played on the right side of midfield during his career.

Whilst Valon Behrami - who has failed to represent the Hammers thus far this season - continues to be linked with a move back to Italy, another player rather more surprisingly set for an Italian job is young full-back Fabio Daprela.

The 19-year-old left-back impressed in his few outings for the first team last term and had been considered as one of the club's brightest young talents. However he is set to be reunited with former technical director Gianluca Nani at Brescia before the end of the transfer window on a free transfer.



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by Russ
07:35PM 27th Aug 2010
''Are we mental? Get Daprela, don't play him. Play a couple of times out of neccesity. Plays very well. Don't play him again. Give him away for free. Keep lacklustre aging mediocre left back. What's going on?''

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