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Arsenal end Carrick chase


Carrick looks set to leave the Hammers
West Ham boss Alan Pardew has confirmed Arsenal have dropped out of the race to sign midfielder Michael Carrick.
Carrick was left out of Tuesday's win over Reading with the likes of West Brom and Portsmouth still interested.

Pardew said: "The situation is simple with Michael: Arsenal came in and fell away, but he still has at least five clubs he can go to.

"The decision will come down to Michael. I didn't think it was fair for him or the club to play him."

Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric is still hopeful of signing the 23-year-old.

Pompey had a Ł3.5m bid accepted by West Ham only for the deal to be put on hold after Arsenal expressed an interest.

But Mandaric said: "We hope we can pick up where we left off, even though the season is nearly upon us.

We have been in for Michael Carrick and are still looking for players to make us stronger and better

West Brom boss Gary Megson
"Our offer is very much still with West Ham and we will wait to see what unfolds.

"The player was coming to us with everything agreed a few days ago but obviously this was put on hold."

Carrick is in the final year of his contract and has refused to sign a new deal.

Baggies boss Gary Megson told BBC Sport he was keen on the player.

He said: "We have spent a bit of money and there's some finance available.

"We have been in for Michael Carrick and are still looking for players to make us stronger and better."

Crystal Palace and Everton have also expressed their interest

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Gregan to leave West Brom


West Brom are prepared to sell captain Sean Gregan after accepting a transfer request from the midfielder.
The 30-year-old wants to play regular football elsewhere but the Baggies will only sell him if the price is right.

"Sean wants to leave us because he doesn't feel he will get adequate first-team opportunities next season," said West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace.

"But having paid #1.75million for Sean, we will only let him go if we receive an acceptable offer."

Gregan was influential in steering West Brom back to the top-flight, playing 43 games last season.

The midfielder still has one year left to run on his contract and, despite interest from other clubs, Peace is in no hurry to let him go.

"The board has reluctantly accepted his written transfer request," added Peace.

"Sean has figured in 81 of our last 86 competitive games and his contribution as captain to our promotion success last season, particularly during the final weeks, was vital."

Both Cardiff and Leeds have both registered their interest in the former Preston player but both clubs might struggle to fund the transfer.

If Gregan does leave the Hawthorns, West Brom have already lined up West Ham's Michael Carrick as a possible replacement.

Baggies boss Gary Megson told BBC Sport that he had joined the hunt for the 23-year-old.

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soz but carrick wont go to west brom...y would he?

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almost assured starting place, which is why he declined Arsenal.
That is his prime concern.

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But its like joining a sinking ship..........
I mean if West Brom can stay up this season then .yeah you'll progress into an established side , but on the other hand uve got portsmouth already an established side with good quality players such as yakubu , taylor and primus with an manager thats very expirenced in the premiership and is well known for nurturing youth players ..eg at his stint a west ham

Also Redknapp and Carrick know each other and is offering Ł30 , ooo a week

Then uve got where Carrick lives at the moment in London where i presume all his Mates and family live , then on the location factor Carrick might not have to move far away , where he can still see mates and family , also Pourtsmouth have an ambitious chairman, good manager and doesnt have to move to a side that have more chance of staying up then West Brom

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Albion get a boost in pursuit of England ace
By Andy Toft
Aug 11, 2004, 14:13

Arsenal today pulled out of the chase for Albion target Michael Carrick. The West Ham midfielder is one of the names at the top of Gary Megson's shopping list as he looks to put the finishing touches to his Premiership squad.

Carrick was left out of the Hammers' clash with Reading last night with Alan Pardew resigned to losing his prized asset.

"The situation is simple with Michael - Arsenal came in and fell away, but he still has at least five clubs he can go to," said Pardew.

"The decision will come down to Michael. I didn't think it was fair for him or the club to play him"

But Albion will face stiff competition from Portsmouth who have already had a ?3.5 million bid for him accepted.

The lure of working with his former West Ham boss, Harry Redknapp, could also prove a decisive factor in where Carrick moves.

Everton and Crystal Palace have expressed an interest in the player, but Portsmouth would appear to now head the queue.

Pompey chairman, Milan Mandaric, said: "Our offer is very much still with West Ham and we will wait to see what unfolds.

"We hope we can pick up where we left off, even though the season is nearly upon us."

Megson will be allowed to make four more signings before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

A striker remains a priority with Anderlecht's Aruna Dindane still topping the Baggies' list of targets.

The presence of Kanu at The Hawthorns guarantees a move to Albion is an attractive prospect for the Ivory Coast international who is determined to leave the Belgian club for the Premiership.

Megson also remains keen to bring Paul Konchesky in from Charlton.

Robert Earnshaw is another possible target although Cardiff's valuation of him - in the region of ?7 million - belongs in the realm of fantasy and there would need to be a major shift in their stance before a deal could become possible.

And the Welsh club have cooled their interest in Sean Gregan.

Lennie Lawrence is unwilling to be dragged into an auction for the Baggies skipper who is the subject of interest from a number of other clubs including Leeds and Forest.

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It would be good as we need a player like MC with his passing.

We'll stay up with or without Carrick. But I think you are right that he'll probably end up going to Pompey. We are in talks with Carrick, so he must be willing to come

BTW Pompey are only offering MC 22K pw.

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It would be good as we need a player like MC with his passing.

We'll stay up with or without Carrick. But I think you are right that he'll probably end up going to Pompey. We are in talks with Carrick, so he must be willing to come

BTW Pompey are only offering MC 22K pw.
I mean i hope he does join West Brom ive got a soft spot for them , but i can see if the baggies getting Carrick theyre stay up in my opinion Everton ,palace and west brom or norwich will go down but i want bently to have a good season and Routledge

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ALBION SET FOR CARRICK TALKS
West Brom have been given permission to hold talks with West Ham midfielder
Michael Carrick - with the clubs understood to be close to agreeing a fee
for the former England Under-21 player.

Albion boss Gary Megson has been tracking Carrick ever since the Hammers
missed out on a return to the Premiership at the end of last season.

Carrick is in the final year of his contract and Portsmouth have already had
a Ł3.5million bid accepted by the Hammers.

Arsenal expressed an interest last week although they have now cooled their
attempts to land Carrick.

But Megson remains keen and he said: "One of the things that makes me laugh
is people are saying we have now joined the race for Michael Carrick.

"We've been after Michael since the beginning of June when we realised West
Ham weren't going to get promoted. We tried to get him then and it has been
an ongoing process for quite a while.

"There is a bit of negotiating to be done - not from our point of view in
terms of finance but to see if Michael actually wants to join any club.

"We've spoken with West Ham. That's as far as we've gone. The financial side
is the chairman's domain but I think we are close to agreeing a fee and
effectively been given permission to speak to the player."

Megson added: "Michael is a good player and we've admired his passing, his
vision and his quality. If we can get him then it will be terrific.

"If not, then we will move on and try and get other players. We need quality
players at the club and we need more and more of them."

Megson is also maintaining his interest in Anderlecht striker Aruna Dindane
after the Baggies tabled a Ł3million-plus bid

But whether Anderlecht remain in the Champions League - they were beaten 1-0
by Benfica in the first leg of their current qualifying tie - may hold the
key to whether Dindane is allowed to leave.

Megson said: "We are trying to get an agreement with Anderlecht for
Dindane's services but we are not there yet. The transfer window closes on
August 31 and we will keep trying.

"Whether or not Anderlecht remain in the Champions League, is bound to have
a big bearing on things."

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Carrick rejects Baggies switch

Aug 17 2004




By Chris Lepkowski, Evening Mail



Albion have been dealt a massive blow after Michael Carrick rejected a move to The Hawthorns.

Gary Megson will look elsewhere to strengthen his squad after the West Ham midfielder turned down a big-money switch to the Black Country, while also rejecting interest from Everton and Portsmouth.

The 23-year-old did initially favour a move to Everton but has since changed his mind and is now holding out in the hope one of the Premiership's bigger clubs will snap him up before this month's transfer deadline.

West Ham MD Paul Aldridge said: "Michael has been weighing up his options.

"As yet none of them have satisfied his criteria and as time goes on it seems more likely that he could stay at West Ham."

The news will come as a disappointment to Albion manager Megson, who is keen to bring in extra midfielders after being forced to play Neil Clement and Bernt Haas - both full-backs - out of position during the club's opening Premiership fixture at Blackburn.

Albion do still have irons in their fire and are tracking Anderlecht striker Aruna Dindane, as well as two mystery targets.

Dindane is due to play for Ivory Coast in a friendly against Senegal tomorrow night in France.

But Megson is keeping the identities of the other two players close to his chest with at least one of the duo understood to be playing overseas.

Ex-Fulham loanee Junichi Inamoto also remains on the shopping list, but his leg injury means he is unlikely to be available until January's transfer window.

In the meantime Megson will be keeping his fingers crossed that he doesn't lose any players during this week's international games.

The Baggies have several players - including midfielders Andy Johnson, Jason Koumas, Zoltan Gera, Bernt Haas and Artim Sakiri - representing their respective countries in midweek.

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cant say i didnt tell you so

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