Sunday, March 23, 2008

West Ham in the Sunday Papers

The People claim that West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has received his first player recommendation from new technical director Gianluca Nani. He has been advised to sign Slovakia under - 21 international midfielder Marek Hamisk 20 from Italian club Napoli.

Hamisk was nutured by Nani at Brescia and has attracted interest from Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus. He is rated at £5million and has scored six goals in 20 games this season.

The News of the World say West Ham ate set to battle it out with Celtic to land Ghana defender John Mensah. The 25 year old ace is expected to leave French football club Rennes in the summer.

He has previously played in Italy for Cremonese and Chievo and he has more than 50 caps for his country.

The Mirror say that Alan Curbishley saluted two of his emerging stars after West Ham came from behind to take a point against Everton at Goodison Park.

Curbishley said: "The way the game went after the break, we feel a little disappointed that we didn't win it.

"Certainly we grew into the game. James Tomkins made an error early on and allowed Yakubu to 'roll' him for their goal. But he hit the bar and got better and better on his debut.

"And so did we. And when we brought on Freddie Sears in the second-half, it gave us all a lift again just like last week when he scored the winner on his debut.

"He gives us something different, and he could easily have scored again with that late effort against the post.

"Everton were desperate for the three points and we were hitting them on the break. We just couldn't finish it off.
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