Having been dropped completely from the squad due to his heed not being right, Kieron Dyer faces a real challenge to get either back in the side or his move to Upton Park. The Hammers leaked reports this weekend suggesting he passed but failed his medical. Meanwhile Sam revealed his feelings on the matter:
“Kieron is disappointed, obviously, because he wanted to see the move [to West Ham] through. Until that is sorted, he is still contracted to us and I want to use him – and use him at his best. Is it possible for a player in his situation to be at his best? If they are a true professional, then yes. There are a lot worse things that happen in life to footballers and they still turn up and produce their best.
Playing is what they look forward to most: football is their respite from whatever problems they have away from the game. He’s still for sale, but we’ve had no contact from any other clubs but West Ham. It’s in West Ham’s hands. If they rescue the situation, then that’s that. If they don’t, he stays here.’
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