West Ham news – Grant confident, Ben-Haim dispute, Ashton agreement

Grant confident.

Avram Grant has expressed his confidence that his team have the ability and fire power to get out of the relegation zone and stay in the Premier League this season.

Speaking after his side’s 3-1 victory over Blackpool last night, the Hammers boss spoke of his delight to have brought someone of the calibre of Robbie Keane to the club: “In the last few games we’re scoring more goals and now we’ve got someone like Robbie Keane who gets one chance and scores.”

The Irish international is on loan from Spurs until the end of the season and managed to score on his debut against the Tangerines on Wednesday night.

Grant continued: “Robbie is a very good player, we’re playing good football so it’s good for him and good for us. The goals are why Victor is here. He did well and I hope it continues.”

The former Chelsea manager added he believes his side can avoid the drop this season if they continue to play good football and convert chances into goals: “The response of the players has been good, now we’re in the last third of the league and we’re looking good.”

Ben-Haim dispute.

West Ham United are in a contract dispute with Tal Ben-Haim over whether the defender’s contract with the east London side is still valid.

The Israeli returned to Portsmouth at the turn of the year but Pompey manager Steve Cotterill believes the 28-year-old’s contract at West Ham could still stand.

Speaking to The Guardian, Cotterill said he us currently unsure of the situation: “The only small bit I do know is that I think he’s in disagreement with West Ham about whether his contract was valid from 1 January.”

The financially struggling Championship side are desperate to unload the player and his £37,000 per week wages as he has not trained with the team since his return.

Ashton agreement.

An out-of-court settlement between the Football Association and former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton has been reached.

The former England international has won the long battle for compensation after he was forced to retire through injury at just 26-years-old.

Ashton, now 27, had struggled with an injury he picked up in training with the England national team in 2006 until his retirement in 2009.

The Swindon-born striker scored 15 goals in 46 appearances for West Ham before his career was cut short and he was advised to retire by his surgeon.

A statement released by the FA said: “The FA is pleased to announce that the legal proceedings brought by Dean Ashton following his unfortunate injury during training the day before his debut for England in August 2006 have been settled upon terms mutually acceptable to the parties and their insurers.

“It is a term of the settlement that no further statement will be made by any of the parties.”

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