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Friday, January 16, 2009
West Ham reject bids, offer Bellamy new deal

Soccernet staff

West Ham United have turned down new bids from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur for Craig Bellamy and rejected the striker's transfer request, according to Sky Sports News.

The club have also said they have offered the Wales striker a new contract.

A West Ham spokesman said: ''We can confirm that Craig Bellamy has been offered a new contract. We can also confirm that he has no permission to talk to other clubs including Spurs and Manchester City.''

The Hammers reportedly rejected two previous offers from the Citizens, having first rebuffed a 15 million offer which also included Scott Parker, and then an 8.5 million bid plus a further 1 million in add-ons for Bellamy alone.

On Thursday a club executive said that the Welsh international will leave if the club is offered ''a substantial amount'', although Scott Duxbury, the West Ham chief executive, remains determined to hang on to the striker.

City's latest offer for the 29-year-old is believed to have been around 9.5 million, but the Irons are thought to be holding out for at least 15 million before anything is considered.

Spurs, meanwhile, are understood to have bid 12 million, but have also been linked with a deal including Darren Bent, who is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane. West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is thought not to be a keen admirer of the Englishman though, so may not want to listen to anything other than a cash offer.

Officially, none of West Ham's best players are for sale as they seek to trim their squad by offloading fringe members. Yet the club are conscious Bellamy is keen to move and, although Gianfranco Zola wants a smaller squad, there could be money available for the manager if Bellamy goes.

Earlier this week, Zola reiterated his intention to keep Bellamy. "I know that he's got good teams around him that are tempting him but we want him to stay with us," Zola said.

"I have a very good relationship with Craig, he's the perfect professional. I hope that I'm giving him something that will feed his wish to improve. I have some players I consider very important for the club. We want to keep those players and Bellamy is one of them."

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