Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

West Ham Hold out for Full Trevor Fee

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

West Ham Hold out for Full Trevor Fee

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Byline: KEN DYER;LEO SPALL

WEST HAM were today waiting for Premiership rivals Sunderland to put in a third offer for midfielder Trevor Sinclair.

Sunderland have already had bids of [pound]5.5 million and [pound]6.5m rejected by West Ham, who rate 28-year-old Sinclair at [pound]10m.

The Upton Park club want Sinclair to stay but will allow him to talk to interested clubs if the offer matches their valuation. Even so, the former Queens Park Rangers player is likely to be in West Ham's team for Wednesday's home game against Chelsea, a match which sees the return of Frank Lampard following his [pound]12m move during the summer.

Sinclair said today: "If no one comes in for me what I consider a good move or isn't the right price for West Ham, then I will stay here and do my best to help them pick up as many points as they can.

"I've always done my best and I will continue to do that.

I'll probably get booed on Wednesday against Chelsea but I'll still keep trying.

"All I would say is that, if they stop booing me over in the Chicken Run, perhaps I'll do even better."

Sinclair's name was booed when it was announced before the match against Southampton and he admitted: "I was a bit gutted because I've had such a great rapport with the West Ham fans since I've been here.

"It did hurt a little but, in view of the transfer request, I wouldn't have expected anything different. It can make things a bit harder if you know the supporters are not with you.

"It wasn't really happening for us early on but we worked hard. If Southampton had come at us a little more it might have been a bit easier for us.

"I thought we came out for the second half even more determined and with a bit more confidence.

"We deserved the result on our second-half performance and, more than anything else, I was happy for the gaffer because he's taken all the criticism for us over the past couple of weeks and that wasn't right.

"It was our performances which let him down and everyone was pleased that we beat Southampton and took a bit of the pressure off him. …

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