Marlon Focused

Marlon Harewood says it is nice to be wanted - but has no intention of losing focus on getting West Ham back into the Premiership.

Crystal Palace had a bid for Marlon turned down recently, and he says:

"It is flattering for anyone to make a bid for you - at least they are noticing you and you have to keep doing what you are doing."

Marlon is more than content at West Ham, though, and says:

"It is the start of a new era and it is going to be a very exciting season.

"We have some new players in and that is good for competition - and a lot of players we already have are good enough for the Premier League so we just have to work our way up there.

"It is a big family club, training is enjoyable, and I am happy with everything about it - you just have to take that onto the pitch.

"I think we can go up automatically but it doesn't always go like that; we have got the players to do it and if everything goes okay and works hard then we can."

Marlon could have a more central forward role this term, and he says:

"I am hoping to play down the middle - but whatever the gaffer picks will be his strongest team."

And he is looking forward to forging a relationship with Teddy Sheringham and Sergei Rebrov.

"I have played with Teddy twice and with Serge once; it has been a good experience but now we have to take it on to Saturday," he says.

Marlon will be facing his old Nottingham Forest pal, Gareth Williams, and he says:

"We were in the youth team together for a long time; we got on really well when we were there."

And he will have another important role to fill on Saturday - dressing room DJ.

"I sort out a few things; if some of them don't like it I try and please them - but it is hard to please everyone," he smiles.

"As for me, I like all kinds of music worldwide."

Let's hope the applause of the travelling West ham fans is ringing in his ears come the final whistle at the weekend.