Glenn Not Going West

Glenn Roeder reveals he will not be renewing his interest in Nigerian centre half Taribo West, who will come up against England in the World Cup finals next week.

West, who is once more out of contract after a short spell in Germany, has been variously quoted as saying this summer that he would like to join West Ham and Liverpool, but Glenn, who did examine the possibility of signing him last season, says: "Taribo West, without doubt, is a terrific player and you don't play in Serie A like he has done unless you are excellent, but, he has got his hands full at the moment concentrating on Nigeria.

"I pursued that once in the past and decided not to go down that road again.

"I recognise he has had a terrific career and I will be interested to see how he plays in the rest of the World Cup, but I have one or two other options on the go and I will be pursuing those."

Glenn does see another stopper as essential to his plans, however, and adds: "To be quite honest, I am looking at the possibility of bringing in another central defender during the close season, so we are double handed in those positions, simply because, with suspensions, injuries, etc. we need four.

"We have got three at the moment in Tomas, Christian, and Ian Pearce, and if I can bring one more in who has got experience then hopefully we will be okay in that area."

That comment clearly implies that Glenn will feels it is time for Rigobert Song, who captained Cameroon to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, to move on.