Derby deny £5m West Ham deal for Barnes

December 24, 2007

Derby boss Paul Jewell has ridiculed claims the club have sold teenage star Giles Barnes to West Ham for £5million.

Barnes was linked with a move to the Hammers over the summer, with an apparent £3.5million offer rejected at the time.

Now it has been suggested boss Alan Curbishley has finally landed the 19-year-old, who will move to Upton Park when the transfer window opens next week.

When asked about the Barnes deal, Jewell replied: 'Very nice. It's a nice Christmas present - I just wish I knew about it. Maybe Santa Claus will drop the cheque down the chimney!

'But I know nothing about it. What I do know for a fact is that I have not had any contact with any club about Giles Barnes.

'Until the phone rings or somebody tells me differently, then I can't say any more about it.'