No Stan Move

Trevor Brooking has denied reports that Stan Collymore spoke to West Ham about returning to football with the club.

There have been claims that Collymore, who is retired from the game, had spoken to Glenn Roeder about a comeback but Trevor says: "I must say I hadn't heard it and it hadn't got to that stage. I am sure if Stan wants to wants to start playing again he will be talking to plenty of people - but it certainly wasn't imminent with us."

He also says that a report - appearing to emanate from the player himself - that Tommy Smith chose to move to Sunderland rather than West Ham from Watford, where he was out of favour, is not true.

Smith, as is widely known, had been training at West Ham earlier in the season following an arrangement with Glenn Roeder, and Trevor explains: "He was trying to stay fit and tried two or three clubs. One of them was us but it was difficult to make a decision when we hadn't got a permanent manager so he went to Sunderland.

"He can play up front or out wide. Whether he'd get a chance at the moment with us I'm not sure so he had to make a decision and there wasn't a definite deal offered to him."