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By ESPN Staff

Dyer representatives deny bust-up claims

Representatives of Kieron Dyer have dismissed allegations the West Ham midfielder was involved in a bust-up with Hammers manager Avram Grant.

A number of Saturday morning's newspapers claimed the pair had a heated exchange after Grant told Dyer he would not be part of the travelling party for the Premier League match at Stoke.

The 31-year-old, who is currently struggling with a thigh injury, did not make the journey to the Britannia Stadium but insists the decision to omit him did not lead to an altercation with his manager.

"Kieron Dyer read with concern and bemusement reports on Saturday morning in several newspapers that he supposedly had a 'row' or 'bust-up' with West Ham manager Avram Grant," Graham Shear of BLP Solicitors said.

"Kieron confirmed that this is untrue and that there has been no dispute of any nature with Avram Grant about Kieron's selection to play against Stoke today or about any other topic.

"Kieron is uncertain why he was not selected for the squad and, whilst he does have a thigh injury, if he had been selected, he would have willingly joined the squad on the trip to Stoke today."

Grant will not be in charge of the Hammers for the match as he observes the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. The 55-year-old has delegated control of the team to senior coaching staff Zeljko Petrovic, Paul Groves and Kevin Keen.

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