Hammers sweating on Foxe permit

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Monday, 14th August 2000

West Ham have appealed against the decision by the DfEE to refuse Australian signing Hayden Foxe a work permit.

Foxe was refused the permit on Friday, although the reason why is unclear. It is thought to be because he has failed to play in the required number of international matches.

But West Ham have appealed against the decision, and are 'hopeful' that the ruling will be overturned.

Harry Redknapp said earlier: "I sometimes struggle to work out this system. He's coming from a Commonwealth country, he's going to pay around ?4,000 a week in tax but we don't know whether he will be allowed to work here.

"I'm hoping the work permit won't be a problem though, because this lad is a good player - potentially good enough to make the first team this season."

Foxe should know his fate by Wednesday. Should the appeal prove successful he is likely to be thrust into the squad to face Chelsea on Saturday.

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