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Svetoslav Todorov may have to wait a week or two before he completes a move to Fratton Park.

The deal to transfer Toddy has not yet been completed, though Glenn Roeder does not anticipate problems.

"We have got an agreement with Portsmouth on the transfer fee, but I'm not too sure where they are up to with the personal terms," he says.

"We'd like to think there won't be a problem with the work permit but it could take at least a week to conclude one way or the other.

"He needs first team football and we can't guarantee that at West Ham.

"He is a lovely boy when you work with him on the training ground, he is a decent man and he has picked up English, so he hasn't been a problem that way at all.

"But with the emergence of Defoe jumping ahead of him, it is difficult to see where he is going to figure in regular first team football, and that's what he needs to be doing."

Meanwhile, reacting to suggestions he was going to bid for Leicester's Muzzy Izzet, a Hammers fan, he says:

"I don't like talking about other clubs' players; it has happened to us a few times this season with clubs talking about our players and it has irritated me to say the least.

"I don't want to be seen to be doing it myself; he is a Leicester player, a very good one, and one of their best acquisitions in recent years, but that's all I'm prepared to say."

Glenn was on the road on Thursday night to watch Lille's match against Dortmund, and says:

"I'm taking in the UEFA Cup game as I've got my eye on one or two players on the field, and it is an opportunity to see what sort of form they are in.

"There is no better way of doing that than using your own eyes and as much as you trust your scouts you have to trust your own eyes to make the final decision."