While Magnusson is busy being seduced by West Ham Fan's average disposable income, Alan Curbishley only has eyes for Carlos Tevez. According to The Mirror, The Irons manager believes the little Argentinian has shattered the myth that 'bigname' foreigners go missing when the going gets tough for them in English football. The Hammers boss said: "Tevez has taken the battle on. His work ethic is what has captured the fans' imagination. That's the first requirement you need. He's taken that on since he's got in the side and I think the fans have responded. It's certainly something we need to keep going. He does a lot of his work in short bursts and the difference in the last few weeks in what we've got from Tevez is that he's doing a lot of his work in the final third, instead of dropping off and doing it in the middle third. He's been prominent in a lot of our attacking, trying to get in behind people and forcing the issue. In previous games he was drifting around and linking up play. We've asked him to be more direct. In the last two games, the team work ethic in terms of the stats has been much better."
One person feeling no such love is former West Ham player Mark Ward. The diminutive midfielder appeared yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court for a proceeds of crime hearing where he was ordered to pay back nearly £10,000 in ill-gotten gains. The 44-year-old was jailed in 2005 for drug trafficking offences after four kilograms (9lbs) of cocaine with a street value of up to £645,000 was discovered during a raid at a house rented in his name in Prescot, Merseyside.
Lastly, The Guardian has two vaguely related West Ham articles. The first examines the 'Pards Factor' and the effect he has had since taking over at Charlton. The second story involves Newcastle United and the £3.3m they have recouped in compensation and insurance since Michael Owen got injured playing for England. Given the continued absence of Dean Ashton, I'm sure it is a situation the West Ham management will be monitoring with interest.