Filed: Thursday, 21st June 2012
By: Staff Writer
Robert Green has left West Ham after six years at the club, it has been confirmed.
The England international, who is currently on duty for his country at the European Championships has signed a permanent contract with fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, according to reports emanating from West London this morning.
A delighted Rangers boss Mark Hughes, speaking this morning said: "It was important we brought another quality keeper into the group."
Green, who was signed by Alan Pardew from Norwich for just £2million in 2006 has been a virtual ever-present for the Hammers in the last six years.
However his refusal to sign a new contract despite being offered a healthy incentive to do so - reported to be double that of his existing salary - meant that he was always likely to leave on a free transfer this summer.
The 32-year-old's departure means that Stephen Henderson and new signing Jussi Jasskelainen will now do battle for the vacant number one shirt.
KUMB.com would like to wish Rob the very best of luck with his new career.
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11:32AM 21st Jun 2012
''One of the names touted as a possible destination for Green at the start of the summer was Malaga, a new money Spanish club who could have offered him a good salary and change of scene. Such a move would have made sense and been a positive one.
But QPR? Hardly a better prospect than the club he already had, albeit one which may have put more money on the table. Anyway good luck to him, here's hoping Carlton and the boys get the better of him this coming season.''
by Mark Goodman
11:25AM 21st Jun 2012
''Go on, take the money and run... Hugely disappointing. If Rob had signed for a big Premier League club, I could have understood it, but QPR?
I'm sure he has been offered a great salary, but may well be back down in the Championship 12 months from now. A shame as he has been a great servant to the club.''
10:13AM 21st Jun 2012
''If the club gave him the increase he deserved two years ago I reckon he would have stayed.
Its a bit embarrassing that we paid so much to rubbish players like McCarthy, Wayne Bridge and Upson but failed to recognise the role Green played.
One of my favourite players who is always keen to interact with fans in the stand....good luck to him.''