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West Ham in talks to sign Man Utd midfielder

Fletcher looks set to leave Man Utd. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has confirmed West Ham are one of the clubs chasing Darren Fletcher but claims the Hammers are yet to speak to the Manchester United midfielder.

Fletcher, who has made 342 appearances for the Red Devils, has only six months left on his contract at Old Trafford and is struggling to establish himself under new boss Louis van Gaal.

"We've had no permission to speak to Darren Fletcher," Allardyce said.

"He's got quite a few clubs interested in him so when he makes his mind up everyone will know.

"I don't know what the timeline is. If any of the other packages offered to him are accepted then we would accept that.

"Or if they hadn't made their mind up or were negotiating somewhere else that would be it. We can't wait forever.

"I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it because you might end up with nothing if you don't."

Tony Pulis recently admitted West Brom are in talks to sign the 30-year-old Scot.

West Ham sponsor Alpari enters into insolvency

Foreign exchange broker Alpari have entered insolvency. Credit: PA

West Ham's main sponsors have gone out of business after the Swiss National Bank's surprise decision to decouple its currency on Thursday.

As a result, the foreign exchange broker Alpari confirmed on its website they had suffered "exceptional volatility and extreme lack of liquidity."

The majority of their clients sustained huge loses and the company was forced to enter insolvency after the franc moved freely for the first time since 2011.

Alpari agreed a shirt sponsorship deal with West Ham in February 2013 for a fee in the region of £3m, while the west stand at Upton Park is also named after the troubled firm.

Assault charges against Ravel Morrison dropped

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been cleared of all charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

The 21-year-old was accused of hitting his ex Reah Mansoor, 19, and her mother, Parveen Mansoor, 39, after a night out at a nightclub in his home city of Manchester last July 24.

He was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court later this month but on Thursday the charges were dropped by the prosecution and Morrison, who was not in court, was found not guilty.

Guy Mathieson, prosecuting, told the court the charges had been withdrawn after Morrison's defence team recovered CCTV footage of the first alleged assault outside the One Central nightclub, in Manchester city centre.

It showed that Morrison had not hit his ex, as was alleged, and she had "slumped" to the floor on her own.

The ex-girlfriend also withdrew her statement alleging Morrison later assaulted her outside her home when he dropped her off and there was "reluctance" from her mother to proceed with the alleged assault on her. All three charges of assault were withdrawn.


West Ham bad boy Morrison might struggle to find club - Allardyce

Ravel Morrison may not find himself another club having wasted his chance to prove his credentials at Cardiff, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

The 21-year-old's time at Upton Park appears to be coming to an end as the former Manchester United youngster continues to struggle both on and off the pitch.

Ravel Morrison has a long list of indiscretions. Credit: PA

Allardyce has spoken of financial constraints preventing from adding major signings to his squad but, when asked if shipping out Morrison could provide extra funds, the 60-year-old replied: "I don't think that's going to help in this situation because Rav didn't perform at Cardiff.

"He went there to play games of football and try and reinvent himself. If he'd have done the business there he could have created a much more healthy position for himself either back here or somewhere else but, because he was pretty much on the fringes of the team, he was struggling.

"He was expected to be pushing back for promotion so he's left himself in a very difficult position now."

Son of West Ham owner sorry for Twitter rant

David Sullivan Snr. is the co-owner of West Ham. Credit: PA

The son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has issued an apology for a "moment of madness" after criticising players Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll on social media.

David Sullivan Jr posted several messages on his Twitter account @DaveSulley during the 1-1 FA Cup tie at Everton on Tuesday night, including one expletive against club captain Nolan, who was recalled to the side, and also questioned whether striker Carroll was in fact out with a foot injury, the fixture having fallen on the player's birthday.

Late on Tuesday he added: "Again just reiterating if anyone doesn't like how I am handling club affairs please unfollow me I'm not going to change."

However, the 17-year-old has since removed some of the offending comments, and on Wednesday morning issued a public apology.

No West Ham future for Arsenal target Reid - Allardyce

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes as things stand there will be "no future" for defender Winston Reid at the club past the end of the season.

The 26-year-old New Zealand international, how has been linked to Arsenal, is out of contract in the summer, and as yet has failed to agree new terms with the Irons.

Winston Reid is out contract in the summer. Credit: PA

"There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment because his contract finishes on June 30," said Allardyce.

"He hasn't said he is going to sign and he hasn't said he isn't, but you would err on the side that he isn't by the feel and the look of it at this moment in time, by the know-how in the football world I have been talking to - other managers and so forth about the situation.

"So I would say it is highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people are saying to me."

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