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Hammers pair set for Fulham
10 Jul 2008 - 07:04:10
Fulham have been given permission to open talks with West Ham United duo Bobby Zamora and John Paintsil.
Striker Zamora and full-back Paintsil have been deemed surplus to requirements at Upton Park after being used sparingly by manager Alan Curbishley last season.
Zamora found the net just once in 14 appearances, while Pantsil has started just seven Premier League games during two seasons with the Hammers.
"West Ham can confirm the club have received an approach from Fulham for the transfer of Bobby Zamora and John Paintsil," read a statement on the club's official website.
"The club are looking forward to an exciting new season with a fully-fit squad, including the return of Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy along with Dean Ashton secured on a long-term contract.
"Added to the form of Carlton Cole and the emergence of Freddie Sears, the decision has been made to let Fulham speak to the two players."
Chief executive Scott Duxbury added: "We recognise Bobby Zamora and John Paintsil had limited first-team opportunities last season.
"They want to play regular first-team football and we have given permission for them to speak to Fulham with a view to concluding a move."