Statement from the Chairman

Eggert Magnusson, Chairman of West Ham United FC, said today: "This is an important time for the Club. The Board are working very hard with Alan Curbishley to identify what we need to do to strengthen our squad for next season.

"We are involved in negotiations but it would not be appropriate to comment on those discussions until they are finalised one way or another.

"Of course, throughout this period there will be a great deal of media speculation about players, transfer fees and even salary levels, much of which will not reflect reality.

"Whereever there is progress to report and real decisions made we will announce that via our official website. In the meantime I believe that our supporters know that we are seeking to take the Club on to the next level as we prepare for next season and will always act in the best interests of West Ham in the decisions we take."

On the specific issue regarding discussions between West Ham and Everton FC, Mr Magnusson added:

"I've had a very positive discussion with my good friend Bill Kenwright, the Everton Chairman, and can confirm that West Ham have not and are not bidding for any Everton player at this time."