Filed: Wednesday, 6th June 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are this morning being linked with a move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly.
The 26-year-old was part of the team relegated from the Premier League last season and is this morning being linked with a return south, having spent the last five-and-a-half years in the Midlands with the Wanderers.
Originally from Basildon, Kightly began his career playing part time for Basildon United before moving to Southend United, having been dumped by Tottenham as a youth player.
After a brief spell on loan at Farnborough Town he joined Grays Athletic where he became known as 'the Ryan Giggs of non-league football'. Having helped the Gravelmen win the FA Trophy, he moved to Wolves - initially on loan - in November 2006, before making the transfer permanent in January 2007.
Elsewhere the Hammers have been cited as a potential suitor for Rangers forward Steven Naismith, who is reported to have a clause in his contract allowing him to speak with any club prepared to offer £2million for his services.
Other players who continue to be linked with a move to east London this week are Wigan's out-of-contract Mohamed Diame, Stoke's out-of-favour Kenwyne Jones and former Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka - who at least one source has stated is in London for transfer talks with an unnamed party.
Meanwhile the individual (or individuals) responsible for the Twitter account in the name of David Sullivan's 12-year-old son have been busy once again.
When asked whether West Ham are considering signing Sunderland's Egyptian winger Ahmed Elmohamady, 'Sullivan' replied: "We are no trying to sign Elmohamdyu (sic) from Sunderland", before clearing up any potential doubt over a missing character by adding, "We are not" - and later, "we never wanted him".
Then, when asked to confirm whether reports stating that Sam Allardyce's summer war chest equated to just £10million, the account holder replied, "double that".
In terms of potential departures, there is still no news with regards to Robert Green's position following David Gold's recent Tweet confirming that "Robert is out of contract and is currently a free agent" - although one source close to the player has told KUMB.com that the England stopper will not make any decision on his future until after the forthcoming European Championships.
Finally, Tottenham's purported £5million bid for KUMB.com's Player of the Year James Tomkins appears to have been laughed off in most quarters. However keen-eyed KUMB readers will no doubt recall that Tomkins recently changed agents and is now part of the Mark Curtis stable.
Curtis, for the uninitiated, was accused by Andy Carroll's former agent (Peter Harrison) of stealing his client and subsequently brokering the deal that saw the England international move to Anfield for a record-breaking £35million last year.
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02:27PM 7th Jun 2012
''I don't know what to believe when it comes to "Jack Sullivan's" Twitter. On one hand he had the signings of Maynard and Vaz Te before SSS and BBC. On the other hand, his grammar is not what you expect of a kid who is, undeniably, a private-schooled individual.
Confused.com. (yeah, people (read: me) still use that :P''
09:47AM 6th Jun 2012
''It's been confirmed to be little Sully several times, including live on television during deadline day. He's happy because his kid is shows an interest in writing stuff (he's dyslexic) and because it means he gets to get away with leaking information that'd probably raise questions because you can't prosecute a child for those sort of breaches.''
08:28AM 6th Jun 2012
''Speculation soon ended about his future when he signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at West Ham on 21 January running until summer 2016. After signing he also proved his commitment and love for the club by saying "I'm a local boy and have come through the ranks at the club and loyalty is a far bigger currency to me than money".''