Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McCarthy Keen to Hang on to Oster

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McCarthy Keen to Hang on to Oster

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Mick McCarthy is confident that he can persuade John Oster to extend his career at the Stadium of Light following West Ham's failure to secure a Premiership return.

West Ham boss Alan Pardew last week expressed an interest in the Sunderland winger, whose contract will expire at the end of June, and sounded the player's agent out about the possibility of him making a summer switch to Upton Park.

Oster is believed to have been keen to sign for the Hammers should they have overcome Crystal Palace in the First Division play-off final on Saturday.

But, with the Eagles now preparing for the top flight following a successful day at the Millennium Stadium while Pardew's men face another 12 months in the Nationwide League, the Welsh international is considering his options carefully.

It was the allure of the Premiership which initially made West Ham such an attractive proposition for Oster. And, with the Londoners missing out on an estimated pounds 20m promotion jackpot, some tough financial decisions will need to be made.

Spiralling debts and an unmanageable wage-bill will force Pardew to offload several of the club's top earners this summer and will severely limit the resources available to him.

And although the Hammers boss remains keen to land Oster, it will be some time before he is in a position to offer the player a contract.

The two-year deal offered by Sunderland is still on the table. The winger's agent is planning talks with Black Cats officials this week and the uncertainty of West Ham's situation will work in favour of the Wearsiders.

Oster is one of six players considering new contract offers. There is no word yet from Darren Byfield, Tommy Smith, Richie Ryan or Neil Teggart, but Jeff Whitley is expected to sign this summer. …

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