Repka Deal Closer

MD Paul Aldridge is delighted that Tomas Repka has indicated his willingness to join West Ham - though he says that the £5.5m transfer is not finalised just yet.

Nonetheless, Repka's statement from Italy is a significant breakthrough in the transfer saga, after previous indications from the player had suggested he would be staying in Florence.

But, reiterating what Glenn Roeder has said, a transfer cannot be said to be in the bag until contracts have been signed.

"Although we are surprised reports from Fiorentina are suggesting the whole matter has been concluded, we are delighted that Tomas has agreed he wants to join us," says Paul.

"We are continuing to work with the player, who will be coming over to London next week, and his representatives, and we are hopeful of a positive outcome.

"I have already met him in Italy and Prague, and I look forward to further discussions in England.

"But, while we are very optimistic, it would be unfair for our supporters to believe a deal has been signed, sealed, and delivered at this stage."

The player has admitted recently that, although he could make more money by moving to the Hammers, financial considerations were not his only ones.