Trialist Arrives

Teenage midfielder Robert Dickinson could be a surprise target for the Hammers - if he impresses later in the week in a trial game.

Ipswich Town are prepared to let the 19 year-old attacking midfielder go after boss Joe Royle told him that he will not be kept on after his contract expires in the summer.

The Leeds-born player played for Rotherham reserves in their 3-3 draw at Oldham last week and is now spending the week at Upton Park.

"He is a young boy that was in Paul Goddard's successful youth team and he is in for a few days," explains Glenn Roeder.

"He has an excellent scoring record from midfield and once scored 28 goals in a season in the under-19 league.

"Joe Royle has allowed him to come to us for a few days, and it could be a transfer for now.

"But it is too early to make a statement on him other than to say we are very happy to have him here and we are having a training ground game on Thursday against Colchester which he will be involved in."

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick will return to the side at Charlton on Wednesday after missing the Arsenal game with a groin injury.

"We are positive that Michael Carrick will be okay," confirms Glenn, "and the whole point of him not playing on Sunday was for him to be fit for Wednesday.

"We couldn't risk him at Highbury as the game came too quickly; we thought it was prudent for him to wait until Wednesday."