Suker Claim Rejected

Davor Suker's claim that if he plays one more game for West Ham the club will retain his services are not true.

He has been quoted in Croatia as saying:

"I have already played 20 matches and if I play one more, my contract would be automatically renewed and I don't want that.

"I want to quit the team at the end of this term.

"I want to dedicate all my time to my football school for children."

Davor has spoken in the past about setting up football schools, probably in America, when he does end his playing days.

He signed on a free transfer from Arsenal on a one year deal with a one year option, but his mathematics are slightly askance!

Davor has made eight starts with four sub appearances, and may be erroneously counting non-playing games on the bench as part of his supposition.

MD Paul Aldridge explains:

"Even if he played every game from now until the end of the season he wouldn't get to the twenty.

"But he is still under contract this season and available to us as a player."

The chances of Harry Redknapp deciding he wants to keep the player next season are unlikely anyway: he recently exhorted the striker to prove himself worthy of a contract extension but there has been litttle change in the player's situation since, with Svetoslav Todorov ahead of him in the pecking order.

Another international player whose Hammers' career has been lees than smooth - though for vastly different reasons - is Hayden Foxe.

Having finally made his debut at the weekend he has had to go to join Australia for their world cup qualifiers, but Paul reveals that the club are trying to bring him back early.

After all, Australia should manage to beat the Cook Islands without him!

Paul reveals:

"Harry has spoken to Frank Farina, their manager, and we have asked them to consider an early release.

"Hayden will be speaking to him as well to see what can be done.

"We are still hopeful of getting him back for the Derby and Newcastle games."

Middlesbrough's Paul Okon has been allowed to stay behind to fight his club's relegation battle, whereas John Aloisi of Coventry has not - something that sparked a public dispute between Gordon Strachan and Terry Venables.

While West Ham are not entering that argument, the mathematical possibility of relegation means that that they have a case for bringing him back which they hope Australia are sympathetic to.

Relations between the two parties are good: Farina wrote a glowing testimony of Hayden's talents when West Ham were trying to get him a work permit.