Two out as Pards clears decks
PUBLISHED: 16:45 04 January 2006 | UPDATED: 08:57 24 May 2010
WEST HAM boss Alan Pardew has allowed Gavin Williams and Luke Chadwick to make their current loan moves permanant ones as he clears the decks before bringing in fresh blood during the January transfer window, writes DAVE EVANS. Williams, 25, who signed fr
WEST HAM boss Alan Pardew has allowed Gavin Williams and Luke Chadwick to make their current loan moves permanant ones as he clears the decks before bringing in fresh blood during the January transfer window, writes DAVE EVANS.Williams, 25, who signed from Yeovil Town in a £250,000 deal in December 2004, made an excellent early impression in the Hammers' midfield.However, he has been surplus to requirements since West Ham were promoted to the Premiership going off on loan to Ipswich Town and it is the Suffolk side who have paid £300,000 to sign him in a permanant deal.Luke Chadwick signed on a free transfer from Manchester United at the beginning of last season but the 25-year-old made just 22 starts before injuries and lack of form forced him on to the sidelines.He has been at Stoke City on loan all season and the Potters have now paid out £100,000 to secure his services.The manager is expecting a tough time luring the players he wants to strengthen his squad.The manager completed the signing of Israel international Yaniv Katan this week when he passed a medical, but adding to that capture may be trickier."I'm never optimistic about transfers," he confessed. "They are so complex especially in this window because it is mid-season for all the teams so buying and selling is difficult."Sometimes teams are wanting to bring one in rather than releasing one so it is not an easy agenda."But if there is no one to secure I still feel that this team has enough about it to cope with this league, but we would like to push on from where we are now."The top priorities for West Ham seem to be another offensive player and a right back to replace Tomas Repka whether he leaves during the current transfer window, or during the summer.Midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara, who plays for Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers, is set for a week's trial at West Ham, but the 26-year-old will have to do a lot to convince Pardew that he is worth a place in his squad.More likely targets are Andy Johnson of Crystal Palace, Cameron Jerome of Cardiff City and Norwich City striker Dean Ashton, who is set to face the Hammers at Carrow Road on Saturday in the FA Cup.If the West Ham boss is to make a move for Ashton, and he faces stiff competition from Wigan and Birmingham, then he may choose to do so before the Norwich man is cup-tied.An FA Cup tie, however tough it looks on paper, should be light relief for the Hammers after coming through the Christmas period battered and bruised.Pardew though thinks his team is likely to be close to full strength for the trip to East Anglia."This is our trickiest patch you can't argue with that," he confirmed. "We've had injuries and they've cost us, but we think that by the time we get to the Norwich game we will have almost a clean bill of health."That would mean the return of the much missed Danny Gabbidon while the only one still missing is striker Teddy Sheringham who is being pencilled in for the trip to Aston Villa a week later.