Robbie's Loan Extended

West Ham have extended the loan spell of Robbie Stockdale from Middlesbrough for another month.

It is just the birthday present he wants - he was 24 on Sunday - as he tries to impress Alan Pardew in his search for a more permanent stay at Upton Park.

Says Alan:

"I just felt that another body was needed and we are lucky that Steve McLaren let us have Robbie.

"He really hasn't had a chance because of the hamstring injury, just one game and the little bit at Spurs.

"It is fingers crossed that he stays injury free - I think he wants to make his career here and it is an opportunity for him.

"I like players who are hungry and looking for something; it spurs them on.

"The ball is in his court as I said when before he unfortunately got injured and that remains the case."