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By ESPN Staff
Aug 16, 2007

West Ham sign Magpies midfielder Dyer

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has finally welcomed Kieron Dyer to his club - and immediately played down the chances of Eidur Gudjohnsen and Giles Barnes joining him at Upton Park.

Dyer, 28, has agreed personal terms on a four-year deal with the Hammers 10 days after his move from Newcastle collapsed when the Magpies decided to up their valuation of the player from around £6million to nearer £8million.

The England midfielder becomes Curbishley's sixth summer signing - following Craig Bellamy, Scott Parker, Julien Faubert, Freddie Ljungberg and Richard Wright.

Curbishley is still on the look-out for further reinforcements but claims moves for Barcelona's former Chelsea striker Gudjohnsen and Derby's teenage winger Barnes are currently on the back-burner.

'Eidur Gudjohnsen is not fit and is battling away to get fit, so there is nothing in it at the moment,' said Curbishley.

'He's a Barcelona player.

'We did inquire about Giles Barnes; we made an offer, and it was rejected. We are entitled to make bids for players. He's injured as well at the moment, and Derby want to keep him.

'But the transfer window is still open, and we are still active. We're still short in one or two areas.'

Curbishley was pleased to finally sign Dyer after a protracted transfer and is backing him to be a hit at Upton Park if he can stay fit.

The move also reunites Dyer with ex-Toon team-mate Lee Bowyer - with whom he infamously exchanged punches on the pitch against Aston Villa back in 2005.

'We're trying to build a squad here; we are short in the middle, and Kieron can play that position,' added Curbishley.

'We're delighted to get the player. Newcastle changed it at the last minute before - when he was just walking in the door - so that was disappointing.

'But common sense has prevailed; Kieron is looking forward to joining us, and Newcastle go down their route.

'Every player you sign has risks - and he is no different. I hope he hits the ground running and shows everyone what a good player he is.'

As for the relationship between Bowyer and Dyer, Curbishley does not anticipate any problems.

'I spoke to both players and have been assured that it was a one-off, and they both speak to each other regularly,' said the manager.

'It was just two players desperate to do well; they were getting well beaten, and it just boiled over.

'Kieron's got to make up for a bit of lost time, and I hope he does. We're delighted to have him on board.'

Dyer could be fast-tracked into the side for Saturday's trip to Birmingham, with Parker still sidelined.

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce confirmed Dyer's departure, saying: 'The issue is now over and from the club's point of view and Kieron's point of view it's a satisfying result.

'We've all got what we wanted and we move on and I wish him all the best. I hope he has a successful career from now on and of course he is closer now to his family.'

But Allardyce said the future of Solano was far from certain after reports that the Peruvian wants to move down south to be nearer to his family.

Allardyce said: 'Nobby has talked about his family situation and that's obviously something we have to try and resolve.

'But at the moment unlike Kieron where West Ham have come in with a big offer, nobody has come in for Nobby. So he stays with us and he really is not someone I would want to lose.'

Meanwhile Allardyce confirmed his interest in bringing Bolton's Abdoulaye Faye to St James's Park.

The manager said: 'There are some negotiations regarding us and Bolton regarding that but at the moment I don't know how far they've got.'