Thursday, 16 August 2007

They Pull Me Back In

Kieron Dyer was said to be optimistic last night that his £6million transfer to West Ham United will be resurrected after officials from the London club held discussions with their counterparts at Newcastle United. The England international wants to leave Tyneside to be nearer to his partner and two children in Suffolk, and finally appears close to securing a move to West Ham. Dyer has already had a medical at Upton Park and agreed personal terms almost two weeks ago only for the deal to fall apart at the last moment, when Newcastle, to West Ham's anger, hiked up the fee by £2million. Eggert Magnusson, the West Ham chairman, went public with his disgust, claiming he had never seen business conducted in such a fashion but Newcastle's stance is reported to have been motivated by "West Ham bragging about signing Dyer on the cheap". A stand-off ensued but conciliation is now in the air.

The Guardian claim Newcastle are now resigned to cutting their losses on Dyer, who has been undermined by a succession of injuries, and in the absence of further offers from elsewhere, have opted to go back to West Ham. According to the David Hytner, the Londoners believe that they will be able to conclude the deal at the original £6million fee. Indeed they now hope to spread the payments over the term of the midfielder's contract, with Dyer's personal terms heavily based on incentives. The Sun think that after two days of continued negotiations both clubs are closer to agreement, and yet still remain £800,000 apart in their valuations. The Telegraph take a slightly different view of the financial package, with Jeremy Wilson insisting the compromise will involve an initial fee of £6 million with the final £1 million dependent on appearances. That is also the picture over at The Independent with Michael Walker predicting a deal will be finalised within the next 48 hours.

Dyer was reportedly due to be on his way to London last night, even though yesterday morning the 28-year-old midfielder featured in a behind-closed-doors game at Newcastle's training ground against Gretna that was arranged to aid Michael Owen's return to full fitness. According to reports, Dyer also looked sharp and enthusiastic during Newcastle's friendly against Blue Star on Monday night and, as he passed a West Ham medical last week, which included a blood test because of Dyer's medical history, he could be thrust into the West Ham midfield for their game at Birmingham City on Saturday. Walker states that Dyer's match fitness will also be of interest to the England manager, Steve McClaren. The player is expected to be named in the squad for next week's friendly against Germany and is considered by McClaren to be one of the players who can play behind a main striker in a role comparable to Wayne Rooney.

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